This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Maine. 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.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Special roads
- 7 Closures
- 8 Places
- 9 Cameras
- 10 To do list
- 11 Other
- 12 Speed Limits
- 13 Area Managers
- 14 Other states and territories
- 15 About this page
Maine is a part of the New England region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Maine, 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 Maine Department of Transportation maintains a GIS map of all principle roads in the state.
This map should be treated as the definitive source for all Federal Functional Classification of roads and, therefore, of their Waze road type. MaineDOT does not uniformly map roads that are not subject to state or federal funding, which detail should be developed from town maps, satellite imagery, and user reports.
Maine has also assembled all the tax maps of every organized town and the unorganized areas into two .KML files for use with Google Earth and GIS Shapefiles:
The level of detail in these files varies from town to town, but often includes street addresses.
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 Maine.
- Maine section of Waze forum
- The New England 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).
Numbered US Highways shall be named as: US-###
Numbered State Highways shall be named as: SR-###
In Maine 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.
|Highest rank of connected segments|
Note: Do Not Mass Edit just to update locks to these standards, these can adjusted as you find while editing other aspects of the segments such as FC, speed limits, naming, etc.
Some segments still warrant higher locks and care should be taken when setting segment lock to these standards to look for and protect these special setups with higher locks. Some examples; segments which are part of BDP, U-turn prevention, or using micro-doglegs, or other complex intersection setups.
Functional Classification of Roads
Functional Classification (FC) updates to Maine's highways are complete, as of Jan, 2016.
State FC Resources
MaineDOT to Waze conversion table
|Interstate||US Hwy (incl. some special routes)||US Hwy BUS, SPUR, LOOP||State Hwy (incl. some special routes)||State Hwy BUS, SPUR[a], LOOP||Locally-maintained|
|example>>>>>||I-95 N||US-2||US-460 Business||SR-27 (SR-27A)||SR-400 Loop||Robertson St|
Maine 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.
Dirt road / 4x4 Trail in Maine should be used only for poor-quality dirt roads. Maintained, graded gravel roads should be classified as Street (or higher, as dictated by the roadway's Functional Class) and flagged as unpaved using the "Dirt Road / 4x4 Trail" checkbox in WME.
Minimum Acceptable Information
All Places added to the map must contain the following entries:
- Proper Category
- Place Name
- Address (including address numbers)
- Placed in the correct location on the map
This is the minimum acceptable amount of information for inclusion on the map unless the location intrinsically does not have an address (e.g. a beach).
If a phone number is entered in the Place information, please utilize the following formats:
- (###) ###-####
Please correct the layout of any phone numbers you encounter while editing.
|PLACE TYPE||LOCK LEVEL|
|Military Installation / Airport||4|
|Hospitals / Urgent Care / Police & Fire Dept||4|
|National & State Parks and Monuments||4|
|Gas Stations / Charging Stations||3|
|Schools / Universities / Colleges||3|
|Passenger Rail Stations||3|
|City and Local Parks||2|
- All Places that have complete information (to include, at a minimum, address/city, hours of operation, phone number) are to be locked at Level 2 (unless the place intrinsically does not have an address, e.g. a beach). This is to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of Place Update submissions from Trusted Users, or Place Update Request approvals from other editors without careful examination.
- If you do not have a high enough enough rank to lock the place as indicated, please lock it as high as you can, and notify a higher rank AM, SM, CM, or Champ to lock it higher.
Place Name Harmonization
In an effort to standardize Place Names, Maine uses the following list of Common names. Please note the appropriate category name, as well as the listed spelling. This is necessary for the proper display of any advertising associated with the site (i.e. SUBWAY discounts). The script WME Placename Harmonizer simplifies this work.
For instance, if you are mapping a shopping center, this means that you map the area to cover the shopping center buildings, and the parking lots out to the outer ring road (if applicable). If there is no ring road, or for smaller shopping centers, map to the curb line.
If you are mapping a school, you would map out to the fence line (if visible) or to a reasonable distance from the school. Contact a AM, SM, CM, or Champ for assistance.
Hospitals / Urgent Care
Set the Stop Point over the Main Entrance to the facility. Additionally, map the Emergency Entrance with the same category name, but place it over the Emergency entrance location. ERs encompassed in a hospital Place Area should be Points, and named in the following fashion: E.R. - Hospital Name
Places which are part of a larger encompassing place (i.e. place points for lot in a university area, Separate ER entrances in a hospital area, etc.) should be named with their unique name followed by a hyphen and the name of the larger area they belong to. For example "E.R. - Generic Medical Center"
The Parking Lot Place marks a well-defined area constructed for off-street public parking, including parking structures and garages as well as at-grade lots. There are many elements that must be considered before deciding to map a parking lot. Currently, the details are covered in Places/Parking lot.
Unless you have permission from the State Manager, please only map the following types of parking lots:
- Public parking lots (Indicate that they are public lots in the description)
- Named lots around an arena/theater/venue (advise SM when you do these)
- Park and Ride lots/structures
You should familiarize yourself with the Gas Stations wiki - specifically naming, branding, and stop points.
Also understand, that to provide the best navigation instructions for a Wazer, u-turns should be enabled at each end of the PLR drawn through the gas station.
You will often encounter "orphaned gas stations" that were imported from a master database in 2013. These are small area places, usually in the middle of a road somewhere without a full address. Here's one in Verona Island:
If at all possible, DO NOT DELETE these orphans, because these are linked (invisibly) to the mechanism that updates gas prices. Instead, figure out where the gas station actually is located and drag the orphan (and its stop point) to the correct location. WME limits how far Places can be moved, so you may need to move the Place a few hundred yards then save; repeat as necessary. If there is already a Place for the gas station in its proper location, copy over the information into the orphan and delete the other. Then complete all the info for the Place and lock to L3.
Not mapped. Handled by POI Search. Those with historical significance can be mapped. Internal roads should be mapped using the Parking Lot Road type if roads are warranted.
Bodies of Water
Not mapped. All rivers, lakes, bays, etc. are mapped in the non-editable Water layer of Waze.
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 Maine.
Neither Red Light or Speed Cameras are legal in the state of Maine, please delete all you come across.
There are camera devices in use in the state, these are for traffic monitoring and data gathering. They are not used for ticketing purposes.
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.
Current projects for Maine:
- Speed Limits on mH and PS. The ME DOT map includes SL data, but I strongly urge you to verify and locate SL changes using SV (particularly on PS, where the ME DOT map is inconsistent). Please drop PS locks to Auto(1) as you work on them.
- Parking lot conformance. All Parking Lot Areas should be reviewed and upgraded per the new U.S. PLA standards. Do NOT add new PLAs until that guidance changes nationally.
- Place cleanup. Lots of very incomplete Places; should conform to WMEPH guidance.
- Base map upgrades. Many towns (mostly rural) are still base map garbage off the main roads. Work here is particularly challenging because of the "camp roads" running down to lakefront cottages and such. This requires balancing of info from the state mapping resources, existing map, and judgment.
- Town map links. Add links to the Cities/Towns page.
Speed Limit Regulations
Except when conditions or other regulations require a lower speed, the following are maximum rates of speed in Maine, especially if signs are not posted:
- 15 mph in a school zone at specific times of the day, (Do NOT mark these school zone SLs on the Waze map.)
- 25 mph in a business or residential area or built up portion, unless otherwise posted.
- 45 mph on all other public ways, unless otherwise posted.
Other speed limits are common, both higher and lower than the 25/45 defaults:
- 50 or 55 mph is common on numbered routes that are well engineered, carry substantial traffic, or are remote.
- 60, 65, 70 and 75 mph are found only on Maine's Freeway segments
- 35 mph is common on smaller rural roads
- 30 and 35 mph are often found on main commercial roads even in built-up portions
Speed Limit Resources
The Maine DOT GIS Public Map Viewer is an excellent starting point. Every segment has a speed limit, visible by clicking the segment, which brings up the Road Information panel. In that panel, the Speed Limit Source will either be "Posted" or "Default." Do NOT use any Default values; speed limits for segments with only a Default value must be verified from a primary source (e.g. StreetView or reliable SL UR). Speed limits with a "Posted" source are generally accurate; wherever possible, validate the speed limit with Street View. In particular, please use SV to validate the precise location of SL transitions, as the DOT map is often off by a hundred yards or more.
When StreetView and the Maine DOT map disagree, editors must make a judgment call. Take into account the age of the StreetView imagery.
Speed Limit User Reports (SL URs)
With their introduction in Summer 2016, SL URs became the most common UR in Maine. Here are some guidelines to responding:
- For a SL UR on a road with no marked SL, do the research (with the Maine DOT map and StreetView) to properly set the SL on the road, using the UR information if sources are unclear. If the SL you researched matches the SL UR, thank the reporter and close the UR as Solved. If the reported SL is inconsistent with your research, ask the reporter to clarify.
- It is acceptable to close a SL UR immediately (with an explanatory note) when the report SL:
- Matches the marked SL (with an allowance for lags in the app)
- Is inconsistent with your personal knowledge
- Is grossly inconsistent with any plausible SL (e.g. reporting 65 mph in a town center)
- Is on a Freeway with well-known SLs (FW speed limits do not change often, and then very publicly)
- In other situations, check SV and/or the Maine DOT map to see if the report is credible. If so, make the appropriate changes, thank the reporter, and close the UR as Solved. Otherwise, ask the reporter to clarify.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Maine. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Maine, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Maine, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Maine 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.
|Maine — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): [RC] orbitc ( ) and [ARC] Banished ( )
GHO Display Name
| Country Managers (New England region)|
| orbitc(6) [ ]
| Qwaletee(6) [ ]
|Very active in NJ and Metro NYC. SM for all of Northeast and New England regions.|| |
Local Champ. Resident of NJ. SM NJ,NY,PA,New England.
|SkiDooGuy(6) [ ]||Statewide||Non-Resident|
| Dmcrandall(5) [ ]
|Country Wide|| |
US Country Manager
|MojaveCactusMonkey(5) [ ]||Country Manager USA|| |
Available in ME. Also SM in CT/RI
|State Managers (New England region)|
|Robert04101(4) [ ]||Statewide|| |
| Area Managers |
|nivekeel(4) [ ]||Northern Maine|| |
|BLKTRUC(3) [ ]||Bangor to Southwest Harbor||Drives|
|ColonBlowBand(3) [ ]||Augusta and SW Kennebec Cty|| |
|de_denis(3) [ ]||Northern Somerset Cty (and adjacent parts of Quebec)|| |
|sockslabs(3) [ ]||Western Oxford Cty (and northern NH)|| |
|tobias(3) [ ]||Bangor Area|| |
|SNYOWL(2) [ ]||Presque Isle||Live in Central MA Travel to northern ME|
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