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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of
Montana. 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. <div style="color:
|Read the Wiki standard before editing any of our Tribal Nation roads in Montana. Wiki guidelines on Indian Reservations Roads List and maps of Tribal Nations in Montana|
|As of Dec. 2015 Montana's Primary Highways are to be labeled "MT-xxx" and Secondary Highways "State Hwy xxx" to preserve the state shield. See this complete list of Numbered Highways for cross reference. US-10 no longer exists as it was replaced by I-90 and I-94. However, Old Hwy 10 still exists in some areas and should be mapped as such.|
Montana observes the following locking standards on the following types of road segments. All roads must be locked at least to the minimum level stated. If needing a segment unlocked or locked to a </> level please use the Unlock and Update Request forum.
|Highest rank of connected segments|
Limitation on U-turns -- turning on curve or crest of grade prohibited. An operator of a vehicle may not turn the vehicle to proceed in the opposite direction:
- unless the movement can be made safely and without interfering with other traffic; or
- upon any curve or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade where the vehicle cannot be seen by the operator of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within 500 feet.
For Waze routing, u-turns should only be enabled where they provide the potential for improved routing, which includes recovering from missed turns. A common example is a median-divided primary street that has homes/businesses with their driveways/entrances directly on it, where reaching them would otherwise require lengthy, multi-turn deviations through side roads in order to end up on the correct side of the median.
These are the general guidelines for elevation in Montana:
- Drivable and non-drivable segments are handled the same way with elevation.
- Set elevation to ground in most cases.
- Segment(s) passing over other segment(s), rivers, major waterways, and all bridges shall have higher elevation, relative to ground.
- Only elevate/lower the actual bridge/tunnel section of the road.
- Elevation of overlapping segments should be set relative to each other, with the lowest segment as Ground (unless a tunnel).
- Tunneled segments shall have lower elevation, relative to ground.
- Only segments that "cannot see the sky" should have negative elevation (i.e. tunnels).
- Only set elevation as low/high as necessary.
- If you use the Bridge tool to join segments, be aware that it raises the elevation of the joined segment. Lower the joined segment as appropriate.
- "Seagull" guidelines apply to elevation in Montana.
- Bridges should be cut at the start/end of the bridge.
- Tunnels should be cut at least 15m/50ft before and after the tunnel, to allow time for the GPS to regain signal.
- Do not cut segments for elevation purposes if the bridge/tunnel starts/stops within 60m/200ft of an existing junction.
Montana follows the Waze wiki Speed Limit guidelines when it comes to adding SL to segments. The only exception to this guidelines is adding SL to work zone areas, we do not add SL to these areas as the SL will change at unknown times and can not be verified in some cities or counties.
Montana 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
- 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.
Forest Service Roads
|When editing Forest Service Roads be sure to read the Waze wiki page first in order to follow naming convention. Listed below are references that are a good starting point|
- Geospatial Data
- Little Belt Mountains 2013
- Castle Mountains, 2014
- Crazy Mountains, 2016
- Big and Little Snowy Mountains, 2013
- Highwood Mountains, 2013
- Rocky Mountain Ranger District, 2014
- Flathead National Forest
- Missoula Ranger District - Lolo Creek to Missoula West
- Missola Ranger District - Missoula East to Rock Creek
- Missoula Ranger District - Ninemile Ranger District North
- Missoula Ranger District - Ninemile Ranger District South
- Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District
- Seeley Lake Ranger District
- Superior Ranger District
Dirt Roads 4x4
Montana follows the following functional classification for Gravel and Dirt Road /4x4 trails.
Images demonstrated above can not cover all scenarios for mapping maintenance level to Waze road type. These types of roads may undergo variation in quality over seasons additionally depending on the climate (rain/snow). Particularly, some gravel roads may have qualities that are closer to Dirt Road / 4x4 Trail than street. Editors with local experience or potential Street View images may help in this determination.
Driveways / Private Roads
|Please follow the following guidelines for Private Driveways. Wiki standard can be found here. Driveways|
Mapping rural diveways
- If an address/location cannot be reasonably guided to without a private drive, it can be added.
- Single house at the end of a 1mi (1609m) private drive, and that's the only house, it probably isn't needed.
- If it's 5 houses at the end of a single shared 1/4mi (402m) long private drive, it probably is needed.
- If it's a house at the end of a 500m (1640 ft) long private drive which is right up against another street from which you cannot access the address (stop point will be on the segment closest), then a private drive is probably needed. Per AlanOfTheBerg guidelines
Discussion can be found in the NW Montana section of the forums. </div>
|You can follow MDT Road Report on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest traffic conditions and road closures.|
This section contains details about road closures, mainly MT and State Hwy's but can contain City, Urban and Rural streets in the state of Montana. If you perform a road closure at any time please use the Waze Closures form and report all closures here. A list of all Montana State and Secondary Hwy closing are on MDOT travel information webpage.
|Road Name||Editor||Closed Date||Est Open Date||Links and comments|
Rest Area closures
|As of this righting 02/2016 there are currently no guidelines in the wiki stating how to close a ramp. This was brought to the attention of our RC, discussion ensued and a final conclusion has been made. Listed below are the following state guidelines for Montana only and should not be considered accurate for any other state outside of Montana unless agreed upon by said states RC and SM.|
The choice to implement a RTC (Real time closure) was based on multiple parts. Turn directions: Using a TBTR (time based turn restriction) Waze will still route to the rest area, TBTR merely suggests a suggestion/penalty. There's no other way to get there, so it will route that way. Hard turn restriction only prevents routes through that turn. A closure or RTC (Real Time Closure) will make the segments invisible to the routing server and therefore will never direct the driver onto the ramp thus avoiding the closed rest area. The second to last step is Updating the Rest area it's self.
Final step: After completing the closure of the ramps and rest area please log it into the form below. This way we can keep track of all closures and time frames.
|Rest Area||MM #||Closed Date||Est Open Date||Editor||Links and comments|
|Columbus E & W bound Rest Area||MM 418 to 419.5||03/01/2016||12/01/2016||Kinematic||Travelmobile|
|As the new Parking features are being rolled out, PLAs are being imported to the map by Waze. This guidance should be used to fix up those imported PLAs. However while we wait for additional features to be released, currently any PLA will be displayed as a visible area on the client map creating clutter. Current guidance is therefore not to add any new PLAs until the client is updated (soon™) to not display PLAs. Places/Parking Lot|
See Montana/Places for guidance in Montana 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.
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
All localities prohibited from using red light cameras; rail crossings excepted.
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.
|Want to help out with the map in Montana? Below is a list of projects that need to be done. Please see Map Editing & Editing Best Practices for a starting point on how to edit the map.|
See Montana/To do for guidance in To Do List Montana
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in
Montana. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers
Montana, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in
Montana, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for
Montana 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.
|Montana — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): [RC] AlanOfTheBerg ( )
| Country Managers (Northwest region)|
|AlanOfTheBerg(6) [ ]||Statewide|| |
| Dmcrandall(5) [ ]
|Mountain States, New England & US Territories|| |
US Country Mgr - AZ Resident
|State Managers (Northwest region)|
|SkyviewGuru(4) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Interim State Manager
Resident of Idaho
| Area Managers |
| herrchin(4) [ ]
| Kinematic(4) [ ]
|PhoenixofMT(3) [ ]||Central Montana|| |
|Kyle3728(2) [ ]||Billings|| |
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 |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments
|CluelessBillingsDriver(3) [ ]||Billings|| |
|YepItsMeUhHuh(2) [ ]||Glendive|| |
|GhostCard(1) [ ]||Billings|| |
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