This page serves as the primary resource for editors of North Carolina. 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.
Please read carefully as several updates have been made!
- 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
North Carolina is a part of the South Atlantic region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in North Carolina, 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.
County Resources - GIS Data
If the county name has a * before it the link will only work in IE.
If the county name has a ** before it the link will only work in IE Compatibility Mode.
Major Construction Projects
A good construction information source is NC Traveler Information Management System (TIMS)
A good source for construction information in the Fayetteville area is Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO).
Map Editing Tools
- WME Validator This script validates a map area in Waze Map Editor, highlights issues, and generates detailed reports.
- WME Validator North Carolina Localization is a add on for WME Validator for North Carolina specific issues. You will need Greasemonkey or Tampermonkey to use this script. More information here
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 North Carolina.
- North Carolina section of Waze forum
- The South Atlantic 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).
There are 555 Incorporated Cities and Towns in North Carolina. See Cities and Towns for proper naming information. At this time these should be the only ones labeled as such.
An exception currently to the USA Roads standard is North Carolina state highways. North Carolina has numbered state highways from Controlled Access Freeways down to Alleys. Because of this North Carolina strictly uses Functional Classification to set road types for state roads and below.
US Highways and Interstates will continue to follow Waze standards
See Road types/USA for general rules where North Carolina does not specfically differ.
See Military_Bases for a complete list of rules for mapping on Military Bases.
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
State Highways are numbers under 1000 (1-3 digits) and bear the NC diamond shield.
These roads should be named "NC-###"
- 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)
- On green signs, the prefix "SR" should precede the road number.
- 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)
- - 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 -
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.
|Interstate Business Loop/Spur||
|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 .
Do not assume! - Know the correct speed limit for a segment before setting a speed limit.
If you do not know the speed limit for a segment leave it blank. It is safer to not set a speed limit then to get it wrong.
North Carolina statutory speed limit laws are:
- Within municipal corporate limits is 35 MPH unless otherwise posted.
- Outside municipal corporate limits is 55 MPH unless otherwise posted.
- Military Installations is 30 MPH unless otherwise posted.
- Interstates (Freeways) all have posted speed limits and a maximum of 70 MPH.
In North Carolina 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|
Note: Certain areas may be locked higher than the above minimums. Please do not lower locks unless approved by the RC or a North Carolina SM.
North Carolina 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.
- Railroads - NOTICE: New guidelines as of October 24, 2014.
Other Drivable roads
- Dirt Road / 4X4 Trail - NOTE: If the Function Class calls for an unpaved road to be Minor or Major Highway, consult with the State Managers before changing it.
- Parking Lot Roads
- Private Roads - NOTE: Read up on this before using this road type. This road type can be harmful to routing if used incorrectly.
- Toll Roads - NOTE: There is currently one tollway in the State of North Carolina.
A good closure information source is NC Traveler Information Management System (TIMS)
Citywide 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
When moderating Place Update Requests (PURs), please be aware that they are not added to the map until the Wazer hits Done. This means that a passenger of a car may take a great photo of a business, but be a block or two down the road before it is added. Zoom into the map where the Place was added and ensure they are where they are supposed to be.
See Military_Bases#Places for rules for mapping places on Military Bases.
Photos of any kind are NOT ALLOWED on places within Military Bases!
Chain Name Harmonization
In an effort to keep common Places the same across the region, the South Atlantic wiki page now has a list to reference. The list includes Names, Alt Names, Categories, and Websites of Chain companies across the region. If you do not see a Chain listed and feel it should be added, please fill out this form to submit it for review.
Places can be locked once they have enough information so trusted users trying to change the information that has already been verified will need to have the changes approved. As a rule we lock Hospitals and Airports at 5 and everything else can be locked at 3, but only after it minimally has the following information:
- Correct Category
- Name - Formatted with Title Case (Use capital letters for the first letter in each word)
- Area or Point with Destination Point in the correct location
- Address - House number and correct street name
Please try to fill in all information available, but those items are the minimum.
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 North Carolina.
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
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.
Statewide Function Class Update
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in North Carolina. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers 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) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for North Carolina 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.
|North Carolina — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): ottonomy ( )
| Country Managers (South Atlantic region)|
|HavanaDay(6) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Resident of State
|crazycaveman(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Resident of SC
Covers SAT region
|State Managers (South Atlantic region)|
|s18slider(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Resident of state
|cmmobile(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Resident of state
| Area Managers |
|admclamb(3) [ ]||Southeastern NC||Wilmington Area|
|Confedyank(3) [ ]||Burlington||NC Places Perfectionist|
|fragglelock(3) [ ]||Wake County|
|grsmhiker(5) [ ]||Great Smoky Mountains NP||Primarily TN, area extends into Graham, Swain, Haywood Counties|
|JGattonII(3) [ ]||Greensboro to Hickory||Crossroads|
|jwe252(5) [ ]||Charlotte|
|Nolay2011(4) [ ]||New Bern, Jacksonville / Camp Lejeune, Topsail Beach|
|Onmywaysir(4) [ ]||Western NC|
|ReallyStillDriving(3) [ ]||Charlotte Metro / Concord|
|russwd(3) [ ]||Cleveland, Rutherford, and Polk counties|
|The_Cre8r(3) [ ]||Franklin, Granville, Nash, Person, Vance, Warren counties|
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