This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Kentucky. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.
10 Feb 2015 - Kentucky will now use KY-xxx for Numbered State Highways
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Functional Classification
- 7 Lock Levels
- 8 Name Normalization
- 9 Special roads
- 10 Closures
- 11 Update Requests
- 12 Places
- 13 Cameras
- 14 To do list
- 15 Area Managers
- 16 Other states and territories
- 17 About this page
Kentucky is a part of the South Atlantic region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Kentucky, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.
The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.
- Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - Active Highway Plan
- Lexington KY Map It - Lexington-Fayette County GIS
- Louisville KY Map It - Louisville, KY
- Shelbyville GIS - Shelbyville, KY
- Scott County - Includes Georgetown, KY
- Oldham County GIS Application - Oldham County, KY
- Kentucky Commonwealth Map - Kentucky
- LINK-GIS - Campbell, Kenton and Pendleton Counties
- Boone County GIS
- City of Bowling Green GIS
- Warren County
- Paducah General Map Service
- Daviess County - Includes Owensboro
- Clark County
- Perry County
- Hardin County After you click the parcel, use the right arrow at the top of the result box to get the address.
The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to Kentucky.
- Kentucky section of Waze forum
- The South Atlantic region forum
- The USA section of Waze Forum
- The USA segment unlock requests
New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.
The South Atlantic region is currently using Slack to communicate with other editors. If you would like to join us just fill out this form or send a forum PM to Kentucky's State Manager xanderb or our regional coordinator HavanaDay with an email address that you would like to receive the invite with. Once you are logged in, join the channel #usa-southatlantic. We look forward to hearing from you.
Cities and towns
One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).
Kentucky follows the policy of only mapping incorporated cities in Waze. To view the current official list of Active Kentucky Cities, visit the Secretary of State website. Click Kentucky Cities: Active then Search.
The cities and towns in Kentucky are maintained in a Google Spreadsheet to track progress by the Kentucky AM's. Both City and Functional Classification data is in the spreadsheet.
Google Map visual areas edited - Work in Progress, does not yet reflect all areas edited in Spreadsheet above
An exception currently to the USA Roads standard is Kentucky state highways. Kentucky has numbered state highways from Controlled Access Freeways down to Alleys. Because of this Kentucky strictly uses Functional Classification to set road types.
According to the Kentucky Department of Transportation, Functional Classification is described as the following.
Functional classification groups streets and highways into classes or systems according to the character of service they are intended to provide. This classification recognizes that individual roads and streets do not serve travel independently. Rather, travel involves movement through a network of inter-related roads and streets. Because a highway network is limited and restrictive, the movement must be channeled through an efficient, hierarchical system of facilities that progress from a lower classification handling short, locally oriented trips to a higher classification as the trips become longer and connect regional and inter-regional traffic generators. The level of service provided by, and function performed by, each facility within this hierarchical system determines its functional classification
The easiest resource to use for Functional Classification data in Kentucky is the Kentucky Active Highway Plan site. To show Functional Class information, go to the Legend tab, click the arrow next to System, then check the box for Functional Class. Also be sure to uncheck the "Active Highway Plan" in the Legend. The chart below is available to relate KYTC Functional Classification to Waze Road Types.
Another way to check FC on the Active Highway Plan map is to click on the Road Info button in the menu bar, which changes your mouse cursor to cross hairs, then click on the road you want information for. Functional Class and Functional Class Value will be listed.
If you'd prefer offline PDFs, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Functional Classification website has maps for major cities and all counties in Kentucky.
|KYTC FC Value||FC||Qualifier||Corresponding Waze Road Type||Example|
|Principal Arterial - Other Freeways and Expressways||
|Principal Arterial - Other||
||Non-controlled-access highway||Dixie Hwy|
||None||E Moody Ln|
Kentucky currently observes the following South Atlantic Region minimum lock levels for Waze road types:
(MH) - 4
(mH) - 3
(PS) - 2
- i.e. a ramp connected to a Freeway is locked at 5, a ramp serving a Major Highway, multi-level intersection is locked at 4, etc.
All others - 1
Note: These are minimums and, for protection, certain segments may be at higher lock levels. Locks should be applied after the segments are correct. Remember you are putting your name on it, make sure it is correct.
Kentucky will use the following standards for naming:
Interstates - I-xx
US Highways - US-xx
State Highways - KY-xxx
County Highways - CR-xxx (Only if they have no other name)
Kentucky follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.
- Divided highways and roadways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and traffic circles
- Dirt roads
- Toll roads
- Partial and scheduled restrictions
- Private installations and military bases
Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.
Guidelines that vary by state or territory
The following special roads are managed slightly uniquely in some states and territories. This state uses the following standard guidelines found in the Wiki.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet posts road closures and road reports to the Kentucky 511 page.
Louisville Public Works maintains their own Road and Street Closures page.
Major Construction Projects
An Update Request (UR) is a Map Issue reported by a user from the Waze client app. It is also a layer in the Map Editor. See update requests for more information.
Team UR Handling
In Kentucky, we generally work as a team. URs are not owned by the first responder. If another editor has first hand knowledge of the issue and can make the necessary corrections to the map to solve the reported issue, they are free to do so. Editors must comment on a UR when closing them, even if the editor is the original reporter.
When a UR does not contain enough information or the fix is not obvious, Kentucky has adopted at 1/4/8 system for response to Update Requests. 1/4/8 is the short way of explaining the following.
Within 24 hours (1 day) after an Update Request has been submitted, an editor should provide a response to the Update Request to get the process started. This starts a seven day clock.
If the reporter has not commented after 3 days (4 days since initial comment) a message should be sent reminding the reporter that we need more information about the problem they encountered to fix the issue.
"Just a reminder: We have not received a response on your report. If we don't hear back from you soon we will infer everything is okay and close the report. Thanks!"
Note - While the 4 day reminder is not required in the South Atlantic region, Kentucky editors have seen a large number of responses from them and encourage their use.
If the reporter still has not commented after 4 more days (8 days since initial comment) a message should be sent telling the reported that we were unable to fix the problem and this report is being closed. The Update Request then needs to be closed as Not Identified.
"The problem was unclear and volunteers didn't receive a response so we are closing this report. As you travel, please feel welcome to report any map issues you encounter. Thanks!"
Old User Reports
The 1/4/8 rule has been very successful in our busy areas with editors maintaining them. There are some areas outside of our reach and occasionally as we venture off the beaten path, we come across a report that has been there for quite some time. We feel these reports are as valid as the reports opened yesterday and they should be given the same courtesy of response as new reports. Give the reporter a chance to respond.
"I apologize for the late response, as volunteer editors that have to travel an area to unlock it for editing, there are sometimes areas have that only a few editors. I recently visited this area and would like to help. Do you recall the problem you had here?"
If they let you know too much time has passed and they do not recall the issue, it can be closed if the problem can not be spotted. If the user does not respond, use the 1/4/8 rule.
When moderating Place Update Requests (PURs), please be aware that they are not added to the map until the Wazer hits Done. This means that a passenger of a car may take a great photo of a business, but be a block or two down the road before it is added. Zoom into the map where the Place was added and ensure they are where they are supposed to be.
Places can be locked once they have enough information so trusted users trying to change the information that has already been verified will need to have the changes approved. As a rule we lock Hospitals and Airports at 5 and everything else can be locked at 3, but only after it minimally has the following information:
- Correct Category
- Name - Formatted with Title Case (Use capital letters for the first letter in each word)
- Area or Point with Destination Point in the correct location
- Address - House number and correct street name
Please try to fill in all information available, but those items are the minimum.
Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:
Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.
Currently only the Waze client app can add cameras to the map. When adding a camera from the app, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.
Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in Kentucky.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, Kentucky does not have any laws regarding red light or speed cameras, therefore they may be present in the state.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
Kentucky state law does not specifically prohibit the use of red light cameras, but as the law on running a red light is currently worded, it must be witnessed by someone present at the time. In most cases, that someone is a police officer. This makes red light cameras generally unenforceable, so we will remove them.
Many Kentucky cities are using cameras at intersections that are traffic monitoring cameras, such as Trimarc in the Louisville area. These cameras should not be added to the map either.
To do list
Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.
State Highway Renaming
Kentucky is now using the format KY-xxx for State Highways. The current name or alt name of "State Hwy xxx" or "Ky-xxx" will be changed according to KY-xxx where xxx is replaced with the number assigned to the State highway. This will not replace local names of roads, such as "Main St" when the highway segment has a name, but the alt will be changed in that case. If you are taking the time to change a segment to the new naming convention, please review it for any issues attached and make corrections as needed.
Renaming should be tracked with this spreadsheet.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Kentucky. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Kentucky, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Kentucky, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Kentucky is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.
|Kentucky — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): HavanaDay (PM) and WeeeZer14 (PM)
| Country Managers (South Atlantic region)|
|crazycaveman(5) [PM]||Statewide|| |
Resident of SC
Covers SAT region
|Khaytsus(5) [PM]||Statewide|| |
Resident of state
|State Managers (South Atlantic region)|
|xanderb(5) [PM]||Statewide|| |
Working in state
| Area Managers |
|HackMyComputer(4) [PM]||Eastern KY|| |
|VernL4(4) [PM]||Wayne County|
|bumpandruneveryday(3) [PM]||Southeast Kentucky|| |
Originally from KY
|StraubeyKY(3) [PM]||Northern Kentucky|
The following editors are also editing in the state and working towards an Area Manager position.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
|Helgramite(5) [PM]||Much of Kentucky|| |
Ohio State Manager
|MeridianHills(4) [PM]||Northern half of Kentucky|| |
Indiana State Manager
|Roadtechie(4) [PM]||Most of Central Kentucky|| |
West Virginia State Manager
|UberGeek(3) [PM]||Bowling Green|| |
Area Manager in Tennessee
|cgnaughton(2) [PM]||Central KY|
|enembee(2) [PM]||Louisville|| |
|gunnargsd(2) [PM]||Covington with I-71 to Louisville|| |
|Solsmac(2) [PM]||NorthEast Kentucky|| |
|UnassumingLocalGuy(2) [PM]||Northern KY|| |
|Troy49er3(1) [PM]||Central KY|
Other states and territories
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