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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.

December 2015: Speed Limits are now editable in Waze Map Editor. Please take care to correctly fill in as much Speed Limit data as you can accurately. If you are unsure, leave it blank until you can confirm.


Kentucky is a part of the South Atlantic region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Kentucky / North Carolina / South Carolina / Tennessee.

Mapping resources


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.



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.

Area Managers for Kentucky can be found in the table below.

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 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).

Duplicate cities can be caused by incorrectly named segments and should be corrected following the guidelines in the duplicate cities article.

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.

Kentucky Cities to Manage Spreadsheet

Google Map visual areas edited - Work in Progress, does not yet reflect all areas edited in Spreadsheet above

Major roads

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Kentucky follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

10 Feb 2015 - Kentucky will now use KY-xxx for Numbered State Highways. See the To-Do List for more information on converting these roads.

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 for state roads and below.

US Highways and Interstates will continue to follow Waze standards.

Functional Classification

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.

State Road Reference Chart

KYTC FC Value FC Qualifier Corresponding Waze Road Type Example
None  Freeway  I-65
Principal Arterial - Other Freeways and Expressways
Controlled-access highway  Freeway  KY-841
Principal Arterial - Other
Non-controlled-access highway  Major Highway  Dixie Hwy
Minor Arterial
None  Minor Highway  Zorn Ave
Major Collector
None  Primary Street  Mellwood Ave
Minor Collector
None  Primary Street  E Moody Ln
None  Street 

Lock Levels

Kentucky currently observes the following South Atlantic Region minimum lock levels for Waze road types:

 Freeway  - 5
 Major Highway  (MH) - 4
 Minor Highway  (mH) - 3
 Primary Street  (PS) - 2

The  Ramp  road type is to be locked at the level of road it serves.

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.

 Street  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.

Name Normalization

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)

Special roads

Drivable roads

Kentucky follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.

Non-drivable roads

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.


When managing a section of roadway under construction or being closed for a major event, follow the Wiki guidelines on construction zones and Real time closures.

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

The Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project

US 421 Milton-Madison Bridge Approach

I-69 Forum discussion about current status in Kentucky

Update Requests

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 8

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 that only have 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.


Kentucky follows the USA standard for Places. Do not deviate from the guidelines without first obtaining consensus to do so via the state forum linked on this page.

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.

Chain Name Harmonization

In an effort to keep common Places the same across the region, the South Atlantic wiki page now has a list to reference. The list includes Names, Alt Names, Categories, and Websites of Chain companies across the region. If you do not see a Chain listed and feel it should be added, please fill out this form to submit it for review.

Place Locking

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:

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    a speed camera takes a photograph of a vehicle when it passes by the camera at too high a speed.
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    a red light camera takes a photograph of a vehicle that enters an intersection after the light is red. In some areas, it takes the photograph when a vehicle is not clear of the intersection some period after the light turns red.

Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.

When adding a camera, 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

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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.

Speed Limits

Now that the Speed Limit fields are in Waze Map Editor, we should use every opportunity to fill this information in before the algorithm is used to estimate what the speed limits could be, as we will have to go back and verify them anyway. Waze has features ready to go in the client app that will not be added until we have enough speed limit data entered for every level road. For more information on entering speed limits you can visit the User Page for Wimvandierendonck.

County Map

Below is a map of the counties the KY editors have completed the State Highways. All counties in KY have US Highways and Freeways complete. To be considered complete, the road must have current naming, Functional Classification, speed limit, and any road that is touching it should be corrected to provide the best routing experience.

Counties with State Highways Complete

Area Managers

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): ottonomy (PM)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (South Atlantic region)
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crazycaveman(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Statewide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.png
Resident of SC
Covers SAT region
ialangford(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
Avatar ialangford.jpg
Statewide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.png
Resident of SC
Covers SAT region
Khaytsus(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Statewide Badge CountryManager.png
Resident of state
State Managers (South Atlantic region)
xanderb(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
Avatar xanderb.jpg
Statewide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.pngBadge MapRaider.png
Working in state
Covers SAT region
ttninja55(4) [PM] Profile L4.png
Statewide Badge StateManager.pngBadge MapRaider.png
Resident of state
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
BenEnmen(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Northwest KY Badge MapRaider.png
enembee(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Central KY Badge Mentor.pngBadge MapRaider.png
HackMyComputer(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Eastern KY Badge MapRaider.png
jbayes(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Central\Eastern KY Badge MapRaider.png
MapOMatic(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Central KY
SkyDiveMO(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Paducah Inactive
VernL4(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Wayne County Inactive
bumpandruneveryday(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Southeast Kentucky Badge MapRaider.png
K-L-B(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Bullitt and Spencer Co. Area
Solsmac(3) [PM] Profile L3.png NorthEast Kentucky Badge MapRaider.png
StraubeyKY(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Northern Kentucky Not active in community

KY Area Manager Coverage Map

Please feel free to reach out to the Area Manager for the area you are working in. If there is not an Area Manager assigned, contact the State Manager.

Other Area Editors

The following editors are also editing in the state and may be working towards an Area Manager position. Feel free to contact them for assistance in their respective areas.

Other Area Editors (Add to or edit this section)
Username General Editing Area Comments
roadtechie(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
Central Kentucky Badge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.pngBadge MapRaider.png
IN and WV SM
TerryPurdue(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Statewide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
gunnargsd(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Covington with I-71 to Louisville Badge MapRaider.png
Ohio LAM
RonRover(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Northern KY
ClassicPatrick(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Northern KY
ff1036(2) [PM] Profile L2.png South Central KY
Spirit_of_76(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Eastern KY
ukfan758(2) [PM] Profile L2.png North Central KY

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