This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Louisiana. 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.
Louisiana editors use Google Hangouts for fast communication, guidance, and mentorship. Use of the Google Hangout will provide you with quick access to senior editors, unlocks, and help with editing. Please send a PM to your State Manager, or any senior editor to be invited into the group. Google Hangouts is available as a Chrome plug-in, or as an app for your smartphone.
Louisiana is a part of the South Central region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Louisiana, 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.
Louisiana currently uses the Proposed Highway Functional Classification Maps (2013) for the determination of road types in the state. Use these maps along with the Road types/USA guidance to determine the appropriate road type for roads in Louisiana.
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 Louisiana.
- Louisiana section of Waze forum
- The South Central 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.
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).
Some states and territories manage a separate page on cities and towns to identify the specific city names that should be entered, and no others. For states that do not have a separate page to track the names, see this Wikipedia link and find the state or territory in question.
In Louisiana we have a set minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank (level) in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (areas with construction, tricky design, frequent mistakes, imaging inaccuracies, and the like), but should not be locked lower.
A great time to implement these locks is while bringing the road types of an area into compliance with the current US road type standards (FC and highway systems). Lock the roads based on type after they've been set to current US road type standards.
|Segment Type||Mature areas||Non-mature areas|
Louisiana 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.
Median U turn segments in the New Orleans metropolitan area (at least) shall be named "U turn". Since U turn segments in Jefferson Parish (at least) are signed as such, and since Jefferson Parish comprises a large portion of the metropolitan area, it's best to keep the naming of U turn segments consistent.
The geometry of the segment should be set such that the instruction onto the U turn will be "turn left". For more heavily curved U turn segments, zoom in and insert a geometry node near the first junction node to create roughly a 90° angle with the road as shown in this section of the Junction Style Guide.
The Federal Highway Administration keeps a website indexing all states that can provide highway and construction project information. Go to the page, find your state, and check the links for the desired information.
Louisiana has guidelines for Places that may differ from that of other states. Please see Louisiana/Places for guidance in Louisiana that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
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 Louisiana.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, the limited legality of red light and speed cameras in Louisiana is described below.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
Red Light and Speed Cameras are banned in Jefferson Parish Louisiana. Please note that Mobile Speed Cameras are in use in the incorporated cities of Gretna and Westwego within Jefferson Parish, however, these should not be placed on the map since they move every few days and there is no way to keep them on the map with any accuracy.
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.
This state does not currently have an active "to do" list at this time. Check in the Louisiana section of the Waze forums to discuss creating one.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Louisiana. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Louisiana, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Louisiana, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Louisiana 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.
|Louisiana — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): Jasonh300 (PM) and txemt (PM)
| Country Managers (South Central region)|
|jasonh300(6) [PM]||Statewide|| |
Resident of state
|sketch(6) [PM]||Statewide|| |
Resident of state
|txemt(6) [PM]||Statewide|| |
Used to live here
|State Managers (South Central region)|
|bz2012(5) [PM]||Statewide|| |
Resident of state
| Area Managers |
|PaintManNO(5) [PM]||Statewide||Resident of state|
|TheJewishGeek(4) [PM]||Alexandria,Monroe||Lives in New Orleans area|
The following editors are also editing in Louisiana.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
|Davisnado(3) [PM]||New Orleans Area|
Other states and territories
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