This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Indiana. 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.
Speed Limits are now editable in Waze Map Editor. Please take care to correctly fill in as much Speed Limit data as you can accurately. If you are unsure, leave it blank until you can confirm.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Lock Levels
- 7 Name Normalization
- 8 Special roads
- 9 Closures
- 10 Update Requests
- 11 Places
- 12 Cameras
- 13 To do list
- 14 Area Managers
- 15 Other states and territories
- 16 About this page
Indiana is a part of the Great Lakes region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Indiana, 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.
Note: links are to Indiana Major City GIS resources unless otherwise indicated
County GIS resources unless otherwise indicated
- St. Joseph
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 Indiana.
- Indiana 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.
- Google HangOuts
If you send an Outreach message to a new Editor please log that communication into the Indiana Editor Outreach List Google Sheet
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).
Census Designated Places webpage link: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/searchresults.xhtml
See Indiana/Cities and towns for guidance in Indiana that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
Indiana currently observes the following Great Lakes Region minimum lock levels for Waze road types:
(MH) - 3
(mH) - 3
(PS) - 2
- i.e. a ramp connected to a Freeway is locked at 5, a ramp serving a Major Highway, or Minor Highway intersection is locked at 3, etc.
All others - 1
Note: These are minimums and, for protection, certain segments may be at higher lock levels.
Or use this instead:
In Indiana 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.
|Segment Type||Default locks|
|Highest rank of connected segment|
Indiana will use the following standards for naming:
Interstate System - I-xx
US Highways - US-xx
State Highways - IN-xxx
County Highways - CR-xxx
Indiana 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.
|Good background definition on County Roads: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbered_roads_in_Indiana#County_Roads_in_Indiana|
See Indiana/Special roads for guidance in Indiana that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
INDOT posts road closures and road reports to the Indiana Traveler Information.
Indianapolis maintains their own Road and Street Closures page.
Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) maintains a listserv for their projects and closures: INDOT Projects and Closures Mail List .
Major Construction Projects
An Update Request (UR) is a Map Issue reported by a user from the Waze client app. It is also a layer in the Map Editor. See update requests for more information.
Team UR Handling
Indiana follows the Great Lakes Region standard for UR Handling. Please refer to Great Lakes Region UR Handling
Old User Reports
The 1/4/8 rule has been very successful in our busy areas with editors maintaining them. There are some areas outside of our reach and occasionally as we venture off the beaten path, we come across a report that has been there for quite some time. We feel these reports are as valid as the reports opened yesterday and they should be given the same courtesy of response as new reports. Give the reporter a chance to respond and try to recruit a new editor at the same time!
"Sorry for the delay - we need some Wazers to help out in this area! See https://wiki.waze.com/wiki/Waze_Map_Editor/Welcome"
If they let you know too much time has passed and they do not recall the issue, it can be closed if the problem can not be spotted. If the user does not respond, use the 1/4/8 rule.
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 Indiana.
The Indiana State Constitution does not allow speed / traffic / red light cameras in Indiana. The only cameras allowed by state law are for toll-booth areas only for enforcement of non-payment.
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.
Functional Classification Data
According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, Functional Classification is described as the following.
Functional classification is the process by which streets and highways are grouped into classes, or systems, according to the character of service they are intended to provide. Basic to this process is the recognition that individual roads and streets do not serve travel independently in any major way. Rather, most travel involves movement through a network of roads. It becomes necessary then to determine how this travel can be channelized within the network in a logical and efficient manner. Functional classification defines the nature of this channelization process by defining the part that any particular road or street should play in serving the flow of trips through a highway network. (FHWA Functional Classification Guidelines)
The easiest resource to use for Functional Classification data in Indiana is the Indiana Roadway Inventory site. To show Functional Class information, go to the Map Contents box in the lower left corner, click the checkmark next to Functional Class, and uncheck any other items that you would not want to see.
If you'd prefer offline PDFs, the Indiana Transportation Cabinet Functional Classification website has maps for major cities and all counties in Indiana.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Indiana. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Indiana, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Indiana, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Indiana 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.
|Indiana — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): GizmoGuy411 ( ) and SkiDooGuy ( )
| Country Managers (Great Lakes region)|
|BigBear3764(5) [ ]||Countrywide|| |
USA CM & IL SM
|TerryPurdue(5) [ ]||Countrywide|| |
USA CM & OH SM
| xanderb(5) [ ]
USA CM & KY SM
|State Managers (Great Lakes region)|
|jdeyoung(6) [ ]||Statewide|| |
|MeridianHills(4) [ ]||Statewide|| |
| roadtechie(5) [ ]
WV SM & IN SM
| Area Managers |
|Bruce1224(5) [ ]||Eastern Indiana, Parts of Ohio and Florida, North-south line from Michigan to Madison, IN, running through Huntington.|| |
|umopapisdn(5) [ ]||AM for most of Southern Indiana, and a few other random locales|| |
|VernL4(4) [ ]||Lafayette, IN|| |
|Enfcer74(4) [ ]||West Central, IN|| |
|GadgetJ(4) [ ]||NE Indiana: Allen, Noble; St Cloud, MN|| |
|Benenmen(3) [ ]||SW Indiana: Perry|| |
|dchary2418(3) [ ]||Miller Beach section of Gary|| |
|ndgeek(3) [ ]||NE Indiana counties: St Joseph, Elkhart, LaGrange, Steuben|| |
|snowyhaijo(3) [ ]||Indianapolis|| |
|ndavis828(2) [ ]||Clinton, IN|| |
|phoenixhawke(3) [ ]||Northside and perimeter of Indianapolis, Hamilton County, AM in Gibson County|| |
The following editors are also editing in the state and may be working towards an Area Manager position. Feel free to contact them for assistance in their respective areas.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
|Aqualung812(3) [ ]||Columbus, Indiana|
|BobTheWikipedian(3) [ ]||Evansville, Indiana|
|fbisurveillancevan21(2) [ ]||South Central Indiana, Marion/Johnson Counties|
|ScottG76(2) [ ]||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|NoWareMan9(1) [ ]||NE Indiana, Fort Wayne, Allen County|
|MrVanMeter(2) [ ]||Kokomo, Indiana, Howard County|
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