This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Washington. 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.
Welcome to the new Washington page.
Washington is a part of the Northwest region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Washington, 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.
See Washington/Resources for guidance in Washington that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
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 Washington.
- Washington section of Waze forum
- The Northwest 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).
Some states and territories manage a separate page on cities and towns to identify the specific city names that should be entered, and no others. For states that do not have a separate page to track the names, see this Wikipedia link and find the state or territory in question.
Most of the state's roads are typed according to WSDOT functional classification. Most of the state road types are set to WSDOT's map. Of course, there are always exceptions, so the Functional Class map isn't biblical truth, but if we map the roads according to WSDOT's FC map the routing choices will be a lot better!
If you want to know more about the Federal Functional Classification check the Functional Classification article.
Washington 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.
- 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"
- Some alleys mapped be for these guidelines are mapped as "Private Road". It is okay to change these to "Parking Lot Road".
- 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.
See the Driveways article for more details.
- Driveways are always marked as private road
- Driveways are mapped if they are 50m (164 feet or about half a football field) or longer Example
- Driveways are mapped if they are close but not connected to adjacent street Example
- Driveways are mapped if they are serving two or more addresses Example
When mapping roundabouts in Washington state it is important to know the difference between roundabouts and traffic circles. Traffic circles are small circles to help slow traffic at intersections.
In Washington we only map roundabouts, we don't map traffic circles. Unless
- Specific directions are needed to naviage the traffic circle. More direction then turn right or turn left.
- If the traffic circle is on a Primary street or higher road type
- the traffic circle is larger the 12m.
Dead End Segments
Dead ends should all have nodes on the dead end side of the segment. It was possible in older versions of WME to add a road with a dead end and no node. If dead end segment does not have a node move it a tiny bit and WME will automatically add a node.
Please note that dead end should not have U-Turn allowed. Please make sure U-Turns on the dead end are Not Allowed.
Forest Service Roads
Forest Service Roads should be built according to Forest Service Roads.
Based on the conditions and climate of Washington, Usually the main FSR is marked Primary Street. (Example: FS-2800) Usually the Spurs of the Main FSR is Street. (Example: FS-2875) Usually the Spurs of the Spurs are Dirt Road / 4x4 Trail (Example: FS-2875050, FS-2875053)
See To Do Washington for Washington FSR mapping updates.
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.
Washington has a lot unique guidelines for mapping Places. Please see Washington/Places for guidance in Washington that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
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 Washington.
Please see for specific guide to mapping cameras in Washington: Washington/Cameras
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.
See Washington/To do for guidance in Washington that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Washington. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Washington, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Washington, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Washington 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.
|Washington — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): AlanOfTheBerg ( )
| Country Managers (Northwest region)|
|AlanOfTheBerg(6) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Lifelong Pacific NW resident
|State Managers (Northwest region)|
|nhanway(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Resident of state
| Area Managers |
|DCinSEA(5) [ ]||Washington|| |
|dude463(4) [ ]||Federal Way / Tacoma|| |
Mason County / Pierce County AM
|Tlauricella(3) [ ]||Tacoma / Lakewood / Steilacoom / Fife / Fox Island / University Place|| |
Frequent PNW geocaching road trips
|Nidnarb(3) [ ]||Burlington / Mount Vernon / Sedro-Wooley / Clear Lake / Big lake|| |
|Greenstreetm(3) [ ]||Bellingham|| |
|serega_12(3) [ ]||I-5 Corridor / Clark County / Lewis County / Kelso / St. Helens|| |
Greater PDX to Longview, WA / North Seattle / Everett / Marysville / Whidbey Island
|AJSmoke(3) [ ]||Vancouver, WA / North Portland|| |
|Swells73(3) [ ]||Bellevue / Sammamish / Mercer Island / Issaquah / Fall City / Kirkland / Redmond / Woodinville / Kenmore / Bothell|| |
The following editors are also editing in the state and working towards an Area Manager position.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
|FzNk(4) [ ]||Oregon State Manager|
|TCHappy8(2) [ ]||Greater Seattle Area|
|Dcl2(3) [ ]||Yakima|
|Voltylicious(2) [ ]||Greater Seattle Area|
|Simmeltron(3) [ ]||Spokane|
|BCinWA(2) [ ]||Seattle Area|
|MukYJ(2) [ ]||Everett / Seattle|
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