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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.

This page is currently under construction. Please contact Lonewolf147 or KB_Steveo before making any changes.


Wisconsin is a part of the Great Lakes region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Illinois / Indiana / Michigan / Ohio / Wisconsin.

Mapping resources


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.

New editors should be sure to check out the following pages before editing the maps.
Best Map Editing Practice
Common Editing Mistakes
Waze Map Editor

  • 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.

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

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).

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

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.

Major roads

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

Functional Classifications

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.

Locking standard

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.

Wisconsin Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type Statewide
  Freeway  5
  Ramp  Highest rank of connected segment
  Major Highway  3
  Minor Highway  2
  Primary Street  2
  Street  1
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 Ferry  5

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.

Name Normalization

Wisconsin will use the following standards for naming:
Freeways - I-###
US Highways - US-###
State Highways - WIS-###
County Highways - CH-XXX

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. These segment types can cause routing issues even when not connected to a driveable segment.

Special roads

Drivable roads

Wisconsin 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.

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.


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.

Closure information for the state of Wisconsin can be found on the Wisconsin 511 Construction Projects web page.


Wisconsin 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.

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:

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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 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

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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.

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.

For spreadsheets above, comments can be inserted, but edits are locked. Send a PM to Lonewolf147 or KB_Steveo for editing access.

Area Managers

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)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Great Lakes region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
ArlenBystander(5) [PM] Countrywide Badge CountryManager.png
Resident of Illinois but travel to/from Madison often
Bigbear3764(5) [PM] Countrywide Badge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
Illinois State Manager
State Managers (Great Lakes region)
KB_Steveo(5) [PM] Statewide Badge StateManager.png
Wisconsin State Manager
Lonewolf147(5) [PM] Statewide Badge StateManager.png
Wisconsin State Manager
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
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
brakke(2) [PM]
boatman97(5) [PM]
Cheesehead_Dave(3) [PM] Eastern Racine, Kenosha, and Lake (IL) counties.
davenh(5) [PM] Primarily Milwaukee/SE Wisconsin, also southern half of WI
davielde(5) [PM]
GreasyPiePaws(2) [PM] St. Croix County & Surrounding Area
invented(4) [PM]
Made2Map(4) [PM] Wausau north to Eagle River along US 51, US 45, & US 8 Resident of Alabama
OscarC(6) [PM]
poweruser10(3) [PM] E of Rice Lake, NE of Chippewa Falls resides in Waukesha
spankdog(6) [PM]
SuperMari0O(4) [PM]
WarhawkTrombone(2) [PM] Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Somers

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