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


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

Cities and Towns

There are 552 (need to verify) 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.


NC-84.jpg NOTE: Please label all state highways with the following format:NC-XX or NC-XXX

This includes both Primary Names and Alternate street names.

See Road names/USA and Road types/USA. We have been using this as a general rule for the past 2 years and haven't really received any complaints. 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 
  • Projected - Not in use at this time
  • Rest Area - Not in use at this time

There are always exceptions to every rule and they will be listed here.(This needs to be added for roads that are defined by criteria one way, but, are typed by decision as another way). 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, for consistency, do not switch road types every few segments because the functional class does (I need better wording for this). This will be one of those exceptions to the rule which will be documented in the list of exceptions above.

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
Interstate Interstate Business Loop/Spur 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 I-95 Business US-301 US-301 Business NC-87 NC-87 Business Robertson St


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 .

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

Road Locking

Segment Type Urban Rural
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  Highest lock of connected segment
 Major Highway  4 3
 Minor Highway  3 2
 Primary Street  2 2


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

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

Other Long Term Construction can be found here.

See North Carolina Construction for a list of LONG TERM Road Closures & Changes to Traffic Flow that impact the Waze Map.

Special Roads

Non-Drivable Roads

Generally, if a road can't be driven on (i.e. Walking Trail, Pedestrian Boardwalk, Stairway, Railroad, 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 Railroads mapped in North Carolina, these are due to users incorrectly running Waze while on the train & contributing false data to the system. This false data has been known to effect drivers on adjacent roads. These railroads are mapped in a VERY particular manner by Senior Area Managers and Country Managers to prevent Waze from routing on them.

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

(Personal Wiki)
Area Managed Comments Forum PM
Level 5 & 6 Country Managers (North Carolina Based)
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


osbumlets Charlotte Region PM
Onmywaysir Asheville PM
ReallyStillDriving Charlotte Metro Area PM
rgatland Winston-Salem / Burlington 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).

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