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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of

Ohio. 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.


Ohio 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

Ohio, 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.

County GIS Resources

(1) = Download Only (2) = Lookup by address only (3) = Being developed



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


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

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

New editors (and editors new to Ohio) should Click Here to get some tips on editing the map, basic Waze Map Editor (WME) settings, scripts to make your editing easier, permalink (PL) and requesting downlocks on segments locked above your level.

Ohio editors have embraced the use of Google Hangouts to stay in touch with each other.

Click Here to join the Ohio Google Hangout.

NOTE: by clicking the previous link to join a Waze editor hangout, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agree to the Waze Etiquette rules in their entirety.

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

Ohio follows the general guidelines for road types and road names of the USA.

It is served by eight primary (I-70, I-71, I-74, I-75, I-76, I-77, I-80 and I-90) and fifteen auxiliary Interstate highways, as well as numerous US, state, county and township routes. The longest numbered highway in Ohio is SR-7, followed by US-62, US-20, SR-3 and I-71. The only toll road in Ohio is the Ohio Turnpike, which follows portions of I-90, I-80 and I-76 from Indiana to Pennsylvania. Ohio is the only US state that has numbered township routes in Waze. See the highway names table for further guidance on the naming of numbered highways in Ohio.

Special roads

Drivable roads

Ohio 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.

Lock Levels

Ohio implements the Great Lakes Region minimum lock levels for Waze road types:

Minimum Road Lock Standard

Minimum Road Lock Standard
Segment Type Direction Level
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  HCS*
 Major Highway  3
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  One-way 3
Two-way 2
 Private Road 
One-way 2
Two-way 1
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   2
 ||||||||        ||||||||        ||||||||        |||||||| Runway ||||||||        ||||||||        ||||||||        ||||||||  5
Other Named Types 1
Segment Group Level
Construction Areas
(changes without aerial images)


  • HCS - Highest Connecting Segment

Additional Info

See Ohio/Major roads for additional information on the regional standards in this section.

Speed Limits

Ohio has no variances from the USA Speed Limits wiki: USA Speed Limits Wiki

Speed Limit Effective-Location for Ohio

Speed Limits in Ohio change at the sign. This is important when determining where speed limit changes should be marked on the Waze map. USA guidance for states that "change at the sign" is given here.

Where speed limits change is an important decision for clear guidance to drivers. There are many considerations for appropriately marking speed limit changes on the map. Editors, especially new editors, should be familiar with the USA Speed Limits wiki, a link to which is shown above.

For example, if there is an intersection within 200 feet of the speed limit sign, then the speed-change location should be made at that intersection. If the speed-change location is within 200 feet of an existing junction node, not an intersection, then we don't add a new junction node.

Alleys in Ohio - max speed is 15 mph.

Always refer to the USA Speed Limits wiki for guidance, and check with your Area or State Managers for clarification if needed.

Update Requests

Ohio is using the Great Lakes region Update Requests Response System:


NOTE: all day values are relative to the date the FIRST editor response is sent to the reporter.

Response Timeline

  • Day 0: the first editor who is able to respond to UR should attempt to resolve the UR. If they are successful, they should comment as such in the UR and mark it closed. If more information from the reporter is required to make progress towards closure, a response should be sent to the reporter containing the information needed for resolution
  • Day 4+: polite reminders should be sent to reporters who have not responded to the initial request for information at any time, provided at least four full days have elapsed since the initial response was sent.
  • Day 8+: URs may be noted as closed due to lack of reporter response at any time, provided at least four full days have elapsed since the followup message was sent

Shared Ownership:

  • All editors are considered to have equal ownership of and responsibility for all URs in the Great Lakes Region.
  • All editors, regardless if they have worked the UR previously, may send any of the responses described above, provided they adhere to the minimum time spacing guidance between responses.
  • All editors are explicitly encouraged to attempt resolving URs at any point during their lifecycle, even if others happen to be actively working it at the same time


  • The ideal timeline for UR response is when responses are sent as early as the minimum required time spacing between messages permits; experience has reliably shown that UR response rates are much higher when editors are able to send responses promptly
  • While strongly recommended, it is not required to send the followup message.

Process Chart

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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.



Ohio 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.


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.
  • Camera4true.png
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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.

When adding a camera, 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


Based on information researched at the time this page was created,

Waze editors have not determined the legality of red light or speed cameras in


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.

1) Complete speed limits

2) Complete Functional Classification (FC) implementation for all counties
The FC authority in Ohio is the ODOT TIMS site.

View the Ohio FC status page



To assist with editing in Ohio several scripts have been created and have been rolled into a single script for ease of maintenance. The below script will load a tab in the left panel labeled "OH Scripts" which has options to enable the 4 scripts that are specific to Ohio and options for opening the current WME location in TIMS (Ohio's GIS system) and Google Map Maker (GMM).
WME OH Scripts


Read here how to install bookmarklets

Open in TIMS - FC

javascript:(function(){var projI=new OpenLayers.Projection("EPSG:900913");var projE=new OpenLayers.Projection("EPSG:4326");var center_lonlat=(new OpenLayers.LonLat(,,projE);var topleft=(new OpenLayers.LonLat(,,projE);var bottomright=(new OpenLayers.LonLat(,,projE);var lat=Math.round(*1000000)/1000000;var lon=Math.round(center_lonlat.lon*1000000)/1000000;var spn=Math.abs(','+Math.abs(topleft.lon-bottomright.lon);var newZoom= ( + 12);''+lon+','+lat+'&level='+newZoom+'&visiblelayers=odot-osip-1:0,1%7Codot-osip-2:0,3%7CAssets:-1%7CBoundaries:2%7CEnvironmental:-1%7CProjects:-1%7CRoadway%20Information:9%7CStrategic%20Transportation%20System:-1%7CSafety:-1','ODOT TIMS');})();

Open in TIMS - County Road Display

javascript:(function(){var projI=new OpenLayers.Projection("EPSG:900913");var projE=new OpenLayers.Projection("EPSG:4326");var center_lonlat=(new OpenLayers.LonLat(,,projE);var topleft=(new OpenLayers.LonLat(,,projE);var bottomright=(new OpenLayers.LonLat(,,projE);var lat=Math.round(*1000000)/1000000;var lon=Math.round(center_lonlat.lon*1000000)/1000000;var spn=Math.abs(','+Math.abs(topleft.lon-bottomright.lon);var newZoom= ( + 12);''+lon+','+lat+'&level='+newZoom+'&visiblelayers=Assets:-1%7CEnvironmental:-1%7CProjects:-1%7CRoadway Information:8%7CStrategic Transportation System:-1','ODOT TIMS');})();

Area Managers

The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in

Ohio. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers

Ohio, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in

Ohio, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for

Ohio 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.

Ohio — Area, State and Country Managers
Regional Coordinator(s): [RC] GizmoGuy411 (PM) and [ARC] TerryPurdue (PM)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Great Lakes region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
xanderb(6) [PM] Profile L6.png
Avatar xanderb.jpg
Countrywide Badge Mentor Local Champ.pngBadge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge MapRaider.png
BigBear3764(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Countrywide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
roadtechie(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
Countrywide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
bretmcvey(6) [PM] Profile L6.png
Countrywide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge AreaManager.png
Based in Omaha, NE
ply8808(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Countrywide BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge CountryManager.pngBadge GlobalChamp.pngBadge Mentor Local Champ.png
Regional Coordinator
State Managers (Great Lakes region)
TerryPurdue(6) [PM] Profile L6.png
State Mgr, Ohio Badge LocalChamp.pngBadge Mentor Local Champ.pngBadge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.png
Local Champ-US
ohiostmusicman(5) [PM] Profile L5.png State Mgr, Ohio Badge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
JustinS83(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
Countrywide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
gunnargsd(5) [PM] Profile L5.png State Mgr, Ohio Badge StateManager.pngBadge AreaManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
EdFromOhio(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Large Area Manager - NE OH Badge AreaManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
Resident of State
AJS17(4) [PM] Profile L4.png
Large Area Manager - SE OH Badge AreaManager.png
Resident of State
DaveKS14(4) [PM] Profile L4.png
Columbus / Large Area Manager - Central & East OH Badge AreaManager.png
Resident of State
markr4468(4) [PM] Profile L4.png
Large Area Manager - NE OH Badge StateManager.pngBadge AreaManager.png
Resident/State Manager - West Virginia
bill473(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Large Area Manager - NW OH Badge AreaManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
Resident of Richmond IN, travels throughout Ohio
RonRover(4) [PM] Profile L4.png
Large Area Manager - SW OH Badge AreaManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
Resident of State
Solsmac(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Northeast Kentucky Badge AreaManager.pngBadge MapRaider.png
Kartografer(3) [PM] Profile L3.png
Large Area Manager - Central & East OH Badge AreaManager.pngBadge MapRaider.png
Resident of State
Spirit_of_76(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Lawrence County Badge AreaManager.pngBadge MapRaider.png
Resident of NE Kentucky
TwoEightZero(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Cleveland / Virginia - Badge AreaManager.png
Virginia Resident
BowlesCR(2) [PM] Profile L2.png
  Chris Bowles
Licking County Resident of Pataskala, Work in New Albany

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 (Add to or edit this section)
Username General Editing Area Comments

Bac1022(3) [PM] Profile L3.png
Fallen Soldier.jpg
  Ben Chandler
Stark County Badge AreaManager.pngBadge MapRaider.png
Binghamton, NY AM Thailand AM
m-103(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Cuyahoga/Lake/Lorain/Medina/Summit Counties Resident of metro-Cleveland
SandyDQNinja(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Franklin County Resident of Dublin, Work in Dayton
ScottyWxOH(2) [PM] Profile L2.png
Franklin County Resident of Grandview Heights, Work in Columbus
PicktownMapper(2) [PM] Profile L2.png
Central Ohio, Pickerington, Zanesville, Brunswick (Other States PA,NJ,IN,IL,WI) Resident of Pickerington, Work in Pickerington
thals1992(1) [PM] Profile L1.png City of Cincinnati and Warren County Work in Mason and frequent Brookville, OH.
bjjohnsCool(2) [PM] Profile L2.png East Franklin county, Licking, Knox,Southwest Cohocton counties Live in SE Knox, Work in Columbus
Veedis(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Central Ohio OSU Area
DMouse10462(1) [PM] Profile L1.png Columbiana / Mahoning Counties Live in SE Columbiana County, School @ YSU
ldriveskier(3) [PM] Profile L3.png NE OH Live in SW Cuyahoga County

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