This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Wisconsin. 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.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Special roads
- 7 Closures
- 8 Places
- 9 Locking Standards
- 10 Naming Standards
- 11 Misc Notes
- 12 Cameras
- 13 To do list
- 14 Area Managers
- 15 Other states and territories
- 16 About this page
Wisconsin is a part of the Great Lakes region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Wisconsin, 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.
- The Wisconsin DOT provides various state, county, and Functional Classification maps.
- GIS maps are maintained by the counties they serve.
- See Wisconsin/Resources for lists of these maps.
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 Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin section of Waze forum
- The Great Lakes 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).
| Towns in Wisconsin are in the process of being renamed. In order to help prevent duplicate names, Towns will have Twp added to the end of their names. This will help distinguish them from villages and cities and make navigation to Town addresses easier.
In the event there is a duplicate Town name, the County name in which the Town resides will be appended to the Town name.This is a work in progress for the SM's and RC. Please DO NOT manually change any of the Town names at this time.
See Wisconsin/Cities and towns for a list of all Towns in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin follows the Functional Classification (FC) system for the USA.
To help update the current Wisconsin roadways to the new functional classifications, go to the Wisconsin Functional Classification Inventory.
In Wisconsin 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: Exception: At the request of an AM (or other trusted local editor) a State Manager (SM) may optionally lower an entire area to facilitate local editing. Requests must be formally recorded in the US Unlock Forum, but can be discussed and pre-approved by an SM beforehand. The AM should request the locks be raised again to standard when the area has stabilized; the request should be made in the same thread where the unlock was originally requested. SMs should use caution when uplocking an area to standard: If the area is consistently locked below standard, it might have been granted such an exception, and should not be uplocked without verification.
Wisconsin will use the following standards for road naming:
Freeways - I-###
US Highways - US-###
State Highways - WIS-###
County Highways - CH-XXX
Forest Roads - FR-###
|There are no Township (Town) Roads in the state. All Town Roads are named, and those names will be used. The only exceptions would be if the road signage states differently.|
Additional notes for this state
- Dirt Roads - In Wisconsin all roads that are normally unpaved are considered dirt roads as this is how drivers expect the "Avoid Dirt Roads" feature to behave.
- Toll Roads - There are currently no tolls in Wisconsin. No segments within the state of Wisconsin should be marked as 'Toll Road'
- Pedestrian Boardwalk and Walking Trail - These should not be mapped without approval from a State Manager for Wisconsin or the Regional Coordinator. These segment types can cause routing issues even when not connected to a driveable segment.
Wisconsin 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.
Guidelines that vary by state or territory
The following special roads are managed slightly uniquely in some states and territories. This state uses the following standard guidelines found in the Wiki.
Closure information for the state of Wisconsin can be found on the Wisconsin 511 Construction Projects web page.
Places should be completed as fully as possible any time they are created or updated. At a minimum, editors should:
- verify correct spelling of the name, using the guidelines below
- complete the address, to help when choosing among search results in the app, and
- ensure the correct location of the Point or Stop Point, to guide drivers to the correct location. Note that this may not always be on the street side of the location.
Phone numbers and opening hours are also particularly helpful to Wazers. Complete them whenever possible, using an online search, if necessary. Photos should help Wazers recognize the destination when they arrive.
Recommended phone number formats: (987) 654-3210 or 987-654-3210 Others may not auto-dial properly in some phones.
When completed, places should be locked, to prevent inadvertent damage. Please don't lock places to their highest level until most of their information is completed, but do lock to a level higher than 1, once you have verified any information, to help protect from accidental damage through client submissions. The following are recommended levels:
- Airport : 5
- Hospital : 4
- Fire Station : 4
- Police Station : 4
- Large areas - (State Parks, if mapped, etc.) : 4
- Gas Station : 3
Most other places should be locked at 3, once completed.
We are standardizing the naming of most public facilities and businesses. This makes search results more consistent and useful, and gives Wazers a more professional and uniform experience. The names have been designed to work well with instant search, regular search, and to be clear and concise in the map display. Please follow these guidelines when naming the places described below.
Places which are part of a larger area place (e.g. place points for parking lots in a university area, separate ER entrances in a hospital area, etc.) should be named with their unique name followed by a hyphen and the name of the larger area they belong to. For example "Student Parking Lot C - StudyHard University"
Government Agencies (selected)
All places for the following agencies should be named according to the standards as follows:
City and County Offices: City or County Name followed by City Hall or department or agency as appropriate, for example:
- "Milwaukee City Hall"
- "Kenosha County Probation"
- "Door County Administration Center"
Police and Sheriff Department: City, Agency or Division Name followed by "Police Department" or "Sheriff Department", for example:
- "Wausau Police Department"
- "Kenosha County Sheriff Department"
Fire Department: Agency Name or abbreviation followed by “Fire Department – “ and the station number. For example:
- "North Shore Fire Department - Station 5"
- "Wauwatosa Fire Department"
- "Milwaukee Fire Department - Engine 9"
United States Postal Service: Start the name with CDP or Station name, then append “Post Office”. Place the City name and the ZIP code of the Post Office in the Description box, so it will be viewable in the app GO page. Alternate name should be “USPS”. For example:
- "Fort McCoy Post Office"
- "General Mitchel Airport Post Office"
- "Madison Post Office"
US VA Hospitals/Centers/Clinics: Should be named with their official name as the primary name. For VA hospitals/medical centers "(US Veterans Only)" should be added to the end of the primary name, and as the first line of the description. In the primary name, "VA" should be expanded as "Veterans Affairs", so as not to cause a TTS conflict with Virginia. Names can be shortened to remove extraneous words; for example, replace "Campus of the" from the official name with a hyphen (-). Any colloquial names should be added as alt names, so they are returned in search results, and also at the beginning of the description, so they are visible on the place preview page in the client. Some examples:
- "Veterans Affairs - Tomah (US Veterans Only)"
- "Beaver Dam Veterans Medical Clinic"
- "Veterans Affairs - Clement J. Zablocki Medical Center (US Veterans Only)"
Place Name Harmonization
These name spellings are standardized so that Wazers will receive consistent results when searching in the client. Please use them when you edit one of these chain or franchise businesses.
THIS SECTION UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Area and Point places for Interchanges, Exits and Junctions are NOT used in Wisconsin for normal mapping. The exceptions are only for large construction projects and micro-places for special notes to editors about the location.
When dealing with a construction project, place an area over the entire zone, but stay as close to the road boundaries as possible. Name the area the interchange name and append Construction Zone (or the official project name if there is one). Example: Zoo Interchange Construction Zone. In the description, put as much info about the project as you can including relevant websites or wiki pages. Lock the place at 3 (or contact your Area Manager or State Manager to uplock for you)
Micro-areas are to be created as small as possible so as to not be visible on the client app. They should not be moved or deleted without contacting the user that created it, or the State Manager. These places will contain information specific to that junction or interchange that all editors need to be aware of before making any changes to that location.
See Wisconsin/Places for guidance in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, red light and speed cameras are prohibited statewide in Wisconsin.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
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.
|This will be used for links to Google docs that provide areas of To-Do for SM's, AM's and active Editors in the state.|
- Remove House Numbers from freeways. Be sure to re-add the numbers to the proper frontage road (or other access road), and to add the name of the freeway as an alternate name to that access road. See here as an example 
Special State Programs: See Wisconsin/Special Programs to access the Temporary AM Areas program page.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Wisconsin. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Wisconsin, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Wisconsin, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Wisconsin 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.
|Wisconsin — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): GizmoGuy411 (PM) and SkiDooGuy (PM)
| Country Managers (Great Lakes region)|
|ArlenBystander(5) [PM]||Countrywide|| |
Resident of Illinois but travel to/from Madison often
|Bigbear3764(5) [PM]||Countrywide|| |
Illinois State Manager
|State Managers (Great Lakes region)|
|KB_Steveo(5) [PM]||Statewide|| |
Wisconsin State Manager
|Lonewolf147(5) [PM]||Statewide|| |
Wisconsin State Manager
| Area Managers |
|aeroseek(5) [PM]||Southern Wisconsin. Portions of Juneau and Adams Counties. Mauston, New Lisbon, Quincy||Resident of Illinois|
|AVdriver(5) [PM]||Rice Lake, Eau Claire Area, Marshfield|
|Cheesehead_Dave(3) [PM]||Eastern Racine, Kenosha, and Lake (IL) counties.|
|davenh(5) [PM]||Primarily Milwaukee/SE Wisconsin, also southern half of WI|
|GreasyPiePaws(2) [PM]||St. Croix County & Surrounding Area|
|Made2Map(4) [PM]||Wausau north to Eagle River along US 51, US 45, & US 8||Resident of Alabama|
|poweruser10(4) [PM]||Ladysmith Area, Superior (temporary)||resides in Waukesha|
|WarhawkTrombone(2) [PM]||Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Somers|
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