This page serves as the primary resource for editors of New Jersey. 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 Area Managers
- 12 Other states and territories
- 13 About this page
New Jersey is a part of the Northeast region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Thank you for your interest in editing the Waze maps for the State of New Jersey. Please note New Jersey State follows the US national guidance with a few exceptions. Be sure to click on and read every link from this page for in-depth tips, guidance and advice.
Refer to the Glossary for common Waze related terms.
Tip: Editors are strongly encouraged to download & install the Waze Validator Plugin. This tool will identify map errors and offers guidance on how to fix them. Use this to identify issues in areas you are working on but make sure not to be distracted by errors that do not pertain to you.
Before editing the maps in New Jersey, 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.
Functional classification (road types)
New Jersey currently uses the NJDOT 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 types in New Jersey.
For the correct naming of roads see Road names/USA below.
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 New Jersey.
- New Jersey section of Waze forum
- The Northeast 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.
In the Self-managed USA the hierarchy of community roles is as follows:
Global Champ → Local Champ → Regional Coordinator → Expert → Country Manager → State Manager → Area Manager
- If you are presently one of the above and an editor in this State, please add yourself to the table listed below .
- If you are an editor looking to become an AM, please add yourself in this table. Keep in mind, the best way to obtain AM status, is by becoming involved in the Waze community.
The greatest resource for editors of any rank is to learn hands on from editors with more experience than themselves. The Mentoring programs are strongly recommended, whether formal or informal.If you have any questions or difficulties with any aspect of editing, feel free to contact any of New Jersey's Waze Champs, Country Managers, State Manager(s), or senior editors list in the table below. You can also contact the Regional Coordinator(s) orbitc (PM)
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).
|This revision of the page is currently undergoing modifications. The information and guidance is currently considered accurate enough to be followed now. Content is being prepared by one or more users. Do not make any changes before you post a message in this forum.|
In NJ there are 565 municipalities, 250 Boroughs, 52 Cities, 15 Towns, 245 Townships and 3 Villages. There are no unincorporated places in the state of NJ. Every segment of every road type should have a City Name in the Primary Field. When naming a segment use the incorporated name or the CDP (Census Designated Place) name when the place is locally known and/or more commonly recognized by that name. Note that the current map shows CDP names from the 2000 Census, please refer to the 2010 Census List to determine the most current information.
Any segment with the name "Greater XX Area" is a mistake and needs to be updated to reflect the accurate place name.
In the event of duplicate city names, consider adding "Twp" if applicable to one of those places.
|Alternate methods of resolving conflicting/duplicate city names is presently under discussion. Please refer to the forum New Jersey Cities and Towns for more information.|
Local Naming Guidance
- New Jersey State uses the short format when naming State and County Highways/Routes and their spurs, loops, etc.
- State Routes: SR-##, SR-## X (e.g. SR-70, SR-70 W)
- County Routes: CR-##, CR-## X (e.g. CR-567, CR-567 SPUR)
- Concurrent routes which are signed/shielded with both names, AND commonly referred to using both names together, should use both names separated by a slash (/) as the primary name, and each individual named as an alternate name. (e.g. US-1 / US-9)
- Highway name descriptors, such as TRUCK, EXPRESS, etc. should be added after the name in ALL CAPS. (e.g. US-1 TRUCK, or on a concurrent road US-1 TRUCK / US-9 TRUCK)
- Highways passing through a local area which have a supplementary name for the road on street signs, use the name of the Local Road in the primary field and the numbered one in the alternate field.
In New Jersey 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 segment|
New Jersey 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.
Special Road Guidelines
The following special roads are managed slightly uniquely in some states and territories.
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Jughandles are commonly associated with New Jersey State and over the years have been referred to as a "NJ Left" or "NJJI". A Jughandle is a procedure at a signed (signaled) intersection, which disallows a Left or a U-Turn and instead uses a right hand "at grade ramp connector" to allow access off the main roadway prior to or after the intersection and a subsequent indirect turn from the connector or cross street. There are 3 kind of Jughandles in this State per the NJ-DOT. They are:
Type A - Forward: The ramps exit on the right hand side and accommodate traffic turning both right and left.
Type B - U-Turn: The ramps allow a safe U-Turn as the driver will exit from the right. Used in absence of an intersection or at a T-Intersection. Commonly used for left turns as well.
Type C - Reverse: The ramps begin downstream of the intersection to the right and create a loop to meet the cross St/traffic signal.
Note: Exit ramps which use local streets to enable this maneuver are NOT considered jughandles.
|The terms RAMPS and AT GRADE CONNECTORS as used above are simply referencing the NJ-DOT and should not be confused with the same terminology in Waze.|
Any Jughandle which is unsigned with "Green Signs" aka. BGS/LGS or signed with BGS/LGS which only have the name of the connecting road, should be treated as a standard At Grade Connector. Type: Lowest connecting routable segment. Name: NO name.
Any Jughandle which is signed using BGS which has a more than one name (street, community, POI) or not the direct connecting segment name fall under the exceptions for At Grade Connectors. Type: Ramp. Name: Match signage. In this scenario the "ramp type" will hide the name in the client, so adding any other relevant signage - white, blue, brown (- ie. All turns, U-turn, XXX State Park) is acceptable only after the wording from ALL the BGS is added.)
Parking Lot Roads
This state uses the following national standard guidelines found in the Wiki for Parking Lot Roads.
This state uses the following unique guidelines for mapping alleys.
- Alleys should always be mapped if they have a name.
- Alleys should always be mapped if they are the sole access to a home or business.
- Alleys should always be set to "Parking Lot Road" type.
- Alleys are normally mapped if they are acknowledged by the municipality.
If an alley does not meet the above criteria, mapping is optional. Leave the name field blank.
Note: Be careful adding alleys which will be closer to the destination pins for house numbers, as this can cause navigation to addresses on that block to route onto the alley instead of the main road. It may be better not to map these alleys, or you may have to adjust all the address pins to be closer to the actual roads.
This state uses the following national standard guidelines found in the Wiki for Dirt Roads.
Note: In other Regions/Countries, the usage of Dirt Roads-4x4 Trails may vary greatly.
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.
Places considered fundamental to the functioning of the Waze app, such as Gas Stations, should be locked to Rank 4.
Complex, intricate, or crucial Places such as Hospitals, Police Stations, Fire Departments, Airports, Parks, etc. should be locked at least to Rank 4.
- 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 a Rank 4+, please lock it as high as you can, and consider asking a higher rank AM, SM, CM, or Champ to lock it higher.
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 New Jersey.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, red light and speed cameras are illegal statewide in New Jersey.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
Important: As of 12/16/14 all red light cameras have been turned off and signage has been removed, pending a statewide vote whether to reinstate them. Until further notice, no cameras shall be approved in the editor or added from the client. Existing cameras should be kept in place at this time. Do not delete or modify any previously approved cameras.
If you have any comments/questions please refer to this forum thread.
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.
Thank you, and Happy Wazing!
Primary issues for maintaining the road network
- Remove unneeded junction nodes.
- Disable all U-Turns at junction nodes (when applicable). Do this by pressing 'Q'.
- Remove excess geometry nodes (those which are not changing the geometry of a segment). When the geometry node is very near the end of a segment, double check while zoomed-in to see if the geometry node is actually changing the turn angle.
- Inspect and correct connectivity of necessary junctions.
- Ensure there is no connectivity of non-drivable segments to drivable ones.
- Update all segment "Street Names" in accordance with the guidelines in the Road Names (USA) wiki article, and the New Jersey State specific guidelines.
- Inspect and correct overpasses/underpasses to ensure that the segments are on different levels, and do not have a junction node where they meet.
- Ensure that any roads crossing at the same elevation level have a junction node connecting them.
- Ensure that Update Requests are being handled correctly, courteously and in a timely fashion.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in New Jersey. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers New Jersey, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in New Jersey, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for New Jersey 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.
|New Jersey — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): orbitc (PM)
| Country Managers (Northeast region)|
|orbitc(6) [PM]||States of NJ, NY, DE, PA, CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT|| |
Region 9 Northeast & 8 New England
|State Managers (Northeast region)|
|PhantomSoul(5) [PM]||Statewide also active in parts of NY|| |
Resident of State
|qwaletee(5) [PM]||NJ,NY|| |
Resident of State
|Kobes1878(5) [PM]||NJ, parts of NY|| |
Resident of State
|Fredo-p(5) [PM]||Union County|| |
| Area Managers |
|PleaseDriveFast(4) [PM]||North and Central NJ||Resident of State|
|JButz2(3) [PM]||Passaic/Morris/Bergen/Essex Counties||Resident of State|
The following editors are also editing in the state and working towards an Area Manager position.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
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