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State of North Carolina Mapping Resource Page.
This page is currently serving as the main North Carolina page as well.

Forum

To discuss current issues in North Carolina please go to the North Carolina Forum.

Cities and Towns

There are 555 Incorporated Cities and Towns in North Carolina. See North Carolina/Cities and Towns for proper naming information. At this time these should be the only ones labeled as such.

Roads

Road Names

See Road types/USA for general rules where North Carolina does not specfically differ.

North Carolina has two classes of state funded roads, Primary State Highways, and Secondary Roads (aka State Rte or Road). Please carefully observe the following naming formats for roads in these categories.

Primary State Highways

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State Highways are numbers under 1000 (1-3 digits) and bear the NC diamond shield. These roads should be named "NC-###"
Use a single hyphen and no spaces between NC and the route number.
This applies to both Primary and Alternate road names.

Secondary Roads (aka State Rte or Road)
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Secondary Roads are route numbers of 1000 or greater (four digits or more).

  • These Roads are not signed with shields. Regular green or white road signs are most commonly used to designate secondary roads.
On green signs, the prefix "SR" should precede the road number.
On white signs (commonly attached to stop signs), it will just have the road number. (See pictures above)
  • These roads should be named "SR-####" Use a single hyphen and no spaces between SR and the road number.
  • These names are typically used as Alternate Road names, along with Primary names which match local road signage.
  • SR numbers can be found using the NCDOT Secondary Roads Database Lookup.

NOTE: North Carolina does not use County Road numbers. If found, these should be updated to the Secondary Road format

Road Function Class

See Road types/USA as a general rule.
We have also incorporated the NC Functional Class Map into are road classification system:

This should be the first step in determining how a road should be type. The list below are minimums (e.g. a State Highway would be at a minimum a minor highway. It could also be a major highway or freeway depending on functional class)

  •  Freeway  - Interstates and all other roads with no at grade intersections.
  •  Major Highway  - US Highways, Interstates that have at grade intersections.
  •  Minor Highway  - State Highways, US Business Highways.
  •  Primary Street  - State Business Highways.

If the road is not defined as one of the above then please use the functional class to determine what type to qualify the road as.

Using the NC Functional Class Map: The NC functional Class Map is divided into 9 road type classifications. Most road classifications will minimally be defined by the above criteria. For all other roads that do not fit into that criteria please use the references below:

Functional Class Type - Waze Type

  • Interstate -  Freeway 
  • Other Freeway -  Freeway 
  • Other Principal Arterial -  Major Highway 
  • Minor Arterial -  Minor Highway 
  • Major Collector -  Primary Street 
  • Minor Collector -  Primary Street 
  • Local -  Street 

Contact the Area Manager or State Manager if you feel there is an exception to these rules. Consistency is key do not change a road type for routing sake or to make it appear on the map at a higher speed. Also, do not switch road types every few segments just because the functional class does (Contact the AM or SM for help).

Function Class Quick Reference Chart

Refer to this chart to determine the road type of a given paved public road based on the North Carolina functional class.

To use this chart, first determine the functional class of a road, and whether it is a signed, numbered highway in a particular highway system.

Where the column for the road's highway system and the row for the road's North Carolina functional class meet, you will find the proper road type for that particular road.

A number of examples are given below the chart.


Highway Systems
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Interstate

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US Hwy
(incl. some special routes)

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State Hwy (incl. some special routes)

State Hwy BUS, SPUR[a], LOOP Locally-maintained
example I-95 N I-95 Business US-301 US-301 Business NC-87 NC-87 Business Robertson St
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Interstate[b]  Fw  n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Other Freeway[c] n/a  Fw   Fw   Fw   Fw   Fw   Fw 
Other Principal Arterial[d] n/a  Major   Major   Major   Major   Major   Major 
Minor Arterial[e] n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   Minor   Minor 
Major Collector n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   PS   PS 
Minor Collector n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   PS   PS 
Local/not mapped n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   PS   Street 

^a When a state highway "SPUR" route is used to connect a state highway with another state highway, a US highway, or an Interstate (i.e., when it is used as a connector/CONN route), use the first state highway column.

^b Also known as Principal Arterial - Interstate.

^c Also known as Principal Arterial - Freeway.

^d Also known as Principal Arterial.

^e Also known as Other Arterial.


For example,

  • An Interstate Business Loop classified as a Minor Arterial is a  Major Highway .
  • A US Highway classified as a Minor Arterial is a  Major Highway .
  • A US Highway Spur route classified as a Minor Arterial is a  Minor Highway .
  • A State Highway classified as an Other Freeway is a  Freeway .
  • A State Highway classified as a Collector is a  Minor Highway .
  • A locally-maintained road classified as an Other Principal Arterial is a  Major Highway .
  • A locally-maintained road classified as a Collector is a  Primary Street .


Legend
 Fw   Freeway 
 Major   Major Highway 
 Minor   Minor Highway 
 PS   Primary Street 
 Street   Street 

Dirt (unpaved/gravel) roads

The USA Standard (matrix table) does not specify how to set unpaved road segments, so we define that here. Unpaved roads may or may not be classified in the states' functional classification system. If they are defined higher then local, set the road type according to the functional classification. If they are not, set the road type to Dirt Road / 4x4 Trail. The majority of dirt roads are not functionally classified.

How to determine
when to set a dirt
road as type
dirt road

Dirt
(unpaved or gravel)

Functional
Class

Collector

 PS 

Local

 Dirt Road / 4X4 Trail 

not
classified 

 Dirt Road / 4X4 Trail 

If the user's client options are set to avoid dirt roads, they will still be routed on dirt roads functionally classified as either a Collector. This is necessary to insure beginning-to-end routing should the origin/destination be on an unpaved road however, Waze route pruning will only consider these lower-priority roads (Primary Street, Street, Dirt) near the origin/destination.

Examples:

  • An unpaved street identified in the NCDOT system as a Collector is a Primary Street.
  • An unpaved street identified in the NCDOT system as a Local road is a Dirt.
  • Any unpaved road not listed in the NCDOT system is Dirt.

Road Locking

Segments should be locked at a minimum lock level to match this chart.

Segment Type Lock Level
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  Highest lock of connected segment
 Major Highway  4
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  2
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   3

Special Roads

North Carolina Turnpike Authority

Non-Drivable Roads

Generally, if a road can't be driven on (i.e. Walking Trail, Pedestrian Boardwalk, Stairway, Runway/Taxiway) then it should not be mapped in Waze. This is due to the way the routing engine works, as Waze WILL route users to drive on these "Non-Drivable" road types. Please note there are several Walking Trails mapped in North Carolina and these Walking Trails are mapped in a VERY particular manner by Senior Area Managers, State Manager or Country Managers to prevent Waze from routing on them.
Contact the Area Manager or State Manager before mapping any Non-Drivable Roads.

Places

Please follow general worldwide guidelines for mapping Places.

Please do not forget that a recent update to WME has enabled the Address properties for Places (City, State & Country) and ensure this information is filled out & correct to the best extent possible.

Place Locking

Gas Stations should be locked to Level 3 once their information is correct.
Schools should be locked to Level 3 once their information is correct.

Major Construction Projects

See Road Closures in North Carolina for a list of currently edited Road Closures. Only map road closures that are in progress.

A good source for construction information is the NC Traveler Information Management System (TIMS)

A good source for construction information in the Fayetteville area is Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO).

Citywide construction/road closure pages:

Asheville City of Asheville road closure page

Charlotte City of Charlotte road closure page

Greensboro City of Greensboro road closure page

Raleigh City of Raleigh road closure page

Winston-Salem City of Winston-Salem road closure page

Speed / Red Light Cameras

Speed Cameras are NOT CURRENTLY LEGAL in the State of North Carolina.
Red light Cameras are legal only in specific jurisdictions.

Known Jurisdictions

There are also cameras mounted on traffic signals that are used as part of the signal control. These compare sequential images of the intersection approach to determine if there is a vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, etc) waiting and will trigger the sequence. These devices CAN NOT issue tickets.

There are traditional traffic monitoring cameras covering most of the major highways in the state. These send live video to NC DOT & local media and serve ONLY as a traffic monitoring system.

How to Identify Cameras.

To Do List

Want to help out with the map in North Carolina? Check out the To Do List and the Landmarks To Do List.

County Maps Resources - GIS Data

Alamance Alexander Allegheny Anson Ashe
Avery Beaufort Bertie Bladen Brunswick
Buncombe Burke Cabarrus Caldwell Camden
Carteret Caswell Catawba Chatham Cherokee
Chowan Clay Cleveland Columbus Craven
Cumberland Currituck Dare Davidson Davie
Duplin Durham Edgecombe Forsyth Franklin
Gaston Gates Graham Granville Greene
Guilford Halifax Harnett Haywood Henderson
Hertford Hoke Hyde Iredell Jackson
Johnston Jones Lee Lenoir Lincoln
McDowell Macon Madison Martin Mecklenburg
Mitchell Montgomery Moore *Nash New Hanover
Northampton Onslow Orange Pamlico Pasquotank
Pender Perquimans Person Pitt Polk
Randolph Richmond Robeson Rockingham Rowan
Rutherford Sampson Scotland Stanly Stokes
Surry Swain Transylvania Tyrrell Union
Vance Wake Warren Watauga Washington
Wayne Wilkes Wilson Yadkin Yancey

If the county name has a * before it the link will only work in IE.

Area Managers

Username
(Personal Wiki)
Area Managed Comments Forum PM
Level 5 & 6 Country Managers (North Carolina Based)
HavanaDay Statewide PM
AnotherHiggins Statewide PM
Level 5 State Managers
s18slider Statewide Primary editor for the I-295 project in Fayetteville PM
cmmobile Statewide PM
Level 3 & 4 Area Managers
admclamb Southeastern NC Wilmington Area PM
Confedyank Burlington NC Places Perfectionist PM
grsmhiker Great Smoky Mountains NP Primarily TN, area extends into Graham, Swain, Haywood Counties PM
JGattonII Iredell County Crossroads PM
MBBSpeedy Triangle and Central NC NC FC Specialist PM
mrcabal SE Raleigh Expanding to cover Raleigh/RTP to Greenville PM
nolay2011 Jacksonville / Camp Lejeune

PM

osbumlets Charlotte Region PM
Onmywaysir Asheville PM
ReallyStillDriving Charlotte Metro Area PM
rgatland Winston-Salem / Burlington PM
The_Cre8r Kerr-Tar Region PM
yippeekyaa Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Stokes, Rockingham and Surry counties PM

If you are an Area Manager for part of North Carolina, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in North Carolina, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username).

Other subpages

Pages with the prefix 'North Carolina/Archive' in the 'Main' and 'Talk' namespaces:

North Carolina/Archive
Talk: