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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.
| 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)
- - Interstates and all other roads with no at grade intersections.
- - US Highways, Interstates that have at grade intersections.
- - State Highways, US Business Highways.
- - 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 -
- Other Freeway -
- Other Principal Arterial -
- Minor Arterial -
- Major Collector -
- Minor Collector -
- Local -
- 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.
|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|
|Other Principal Arterial[d]||n/a|
^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.
- An Interstate Business Loop classified as a Minor Arterial is a .
- A US Highway classified as a Minor Arterial is a .
- A US Highway Spur route classified as a Minor Arterial is a .
- A State Highway classified as an Other Freeway is a .
- A State Highway classified as a Collector is a .
- A locally-maintained road classified as an Other Principal Arterial is a .
- A locally-maintained road classified as a Collector is a .
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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.
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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
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.
- Divided Highways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts/Traffic Circles
- Dirt Roads - In North Carolina ALL roads that are normally unpaved are considered dirt roads as this is how GPS Nav users (any brand) expect the "Avoid Dirt Roads" feature to behave.
- Parking Lot Roads
- Toll Roads - NOTE: There is currently one tollway in the State of North Carolina. http://www.ncdot.gov/turnpike/
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.
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.
To Do List
County Maps Resources - GIS Data
If the county name has a * before it the link will only work in IE.
|Area Managed||Comments||Forum PM|
|Level 5 & 6 Country Managers (North Carolina Based)|
|HavanaDay||Statewide||Concentrates on North Carolina, but also covers parts of South Carolina||PM|
|Level 5 State Managers|
|s18slider||Statewide||Primary editor for the I-295 project in Fayetteville||PM|
|Level 3 & 4 Area Managers|
|admclamb||Southeastern NC||Wilmington Area||PM|
|Confedyank||Burlington||NC Places Perfectionist||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|
|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).