Washington

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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.


Introduction

Washington is a part of the Northwest region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Alaska / Idaho / Montana / Oregon / Washington / Wyoming.


Mapping resources

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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.


Community

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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.

Area Managers for Washington can be found in the table below.

New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.


Cities and towns

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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).

Duplicate cities can be caused by incorrectly named segments and should be corrected following the guidelines in the duplicate cities article.


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.


Major roads

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Washington follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

See Road names/USA, Road types/USA

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.


Special roads

Drivable roads

Washington follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.

Non-drivable roads

Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.

Alleys

  • 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.

Driveways

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

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.


Closures

When managing a section of roadway under construction or being closed for a major event, follow the Wiki guidelines on construction zones and Real time closures.


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.


Places

Washington follows the USA standard for Places. Do not deviate from the guidelines without first obtaining consensus to do so via the state forum linked on this page.

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.


Cameras

Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:

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    a speed camera takes a photograph of a vehicle when it passes by the camera at too high a speed.
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    a red light camera takes a photograph of a vehicle that enters an intersection after the light is red. In some areas, it takes the photograph when a vehicle is not clear of the intersection some period after the light turns red.

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

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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.


Area Managers

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 (PM)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Northwest region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
AlanOfTheBerg(6) [PM] Statewide BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge CountryManager.pngBadge GlobalChamp.png
Lifelong Pacific NW resident
State Managers (Northwest region)
nhanway(5) [PM] Statewide Badge StateManager.png
Resident of state
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
DCinSEA(5) [PM] Washington Badge AreaManager.png
Seattle
dude463(4) [PM] Federal Way / Tacoma Badge AreaManager.png
Mason County / Pierce County AM
Tlauricella(3) [PM] Tacoma / Lakewood / Steilacoom / Fife / Fox Island / University Place Badge AreaManager.png
Frequent PNW geocaching road trips
Nidnarb(3) [PM] Burlington / Mount Vernon / Sedro-Wooley / Clear Lake / Big lake Badge AreaManager.png
Greenstreetm(3) [PM] Bellingham Badge AreaManager.png
serega_12(3) [PM] I-5 Corridor / Clark County / Lewis County / Kelso / St. Helens Badge AreaManager.png
Greater PDX to Longview, WA / North Seattle / Everett / Marysville / Whidbey Island
AJSmoke(3) [PM] Vancouver, WA / North Portland Badge AreaManager.png
Vancouver Resident
Swells73(3) [PM] Bellevue / Sammamish / Mercer Island / Issequa / Fall City / Kirkland / Redmond / Woodinville / Kenmore / Bothell Badge AreaManager.png


The following editors are also editing in the state and working towards an Area Manager position.

Other Area Editors (Add to or edit this section)
Username General Editing Area Comments
FzNk(4) [PM] Oregon State Manager
TCHappy8(2) [PM] Greater Seattle Area
Dcl2(3) [PM] Yakima
Voltylicious(2) [PM] Greater Seattle Area
Simmeltron(3) [PM] Spokane
BCinWA(2) [PM] Seattle Area
MukYJ(2) [PM] Everett / Seattle


Other states and territories

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