This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Rhode Island. 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 great state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, home of the Big Blue Bug, Del's Lemonade, and potholes! In this wiki, you'll find everything you need to know about editing in Rhode Island, from red light cameras and road closures, to road types and Area Managers. And what exactly are villages all about? Find out here!
Welcome to the brand new Rhode Island wiki page! Feel free to look around and check out all the changes!
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Special roads
- 7 Closures
- 8 Places
- 9 Cameras
- 10 To do list
- 11 Other
- 12 Area Managers
- 13 Other states and territories
- 14 About this page
Rhode Island is a part of the New England region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Rhode Island, 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.
Visit the Cities and Towns section to view GIS and PLAT maps for individual towns in Rhode Island.
Other statewide resources:
- Highway Functional Classification Map - Map of all classified roads in Rhode Island.
- Functional Classifications by Town - Maps and Tables listing all functional classifications for each municipality in Rhode Island.
- Travel Advisories - Listing of all potential lane and road closures in the state. Updated Friday nights.
- Rhode Island 511 - Map that displays all traffic incidents in the state, as well as traffic webcams and traffic flow overlays.
- 2014 Official State Highway Map - Official state road map including route numbers, village centers, and points of interest
- Numbered routes in Rhode Island - Wikipedia entry listing all numbered routes in Rhode Island, with descriptions of each route's path
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 Rhode Island.
- Rhode Island section of Waze forum
- The New England 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.
In addition, you can visit the Waze Rhode Island Google+ community page. Here we post announcements, discussion topics, polls, and tricks of the trade for Rhode Island editors. Feel free to contribute!
We also have a Google Hangout established for editors in Rhode Island to communicate and share local knowledge. Please contact a State Manager for an invite into this group.
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).
Rhode Island has special methods for determining which city name a road should have. See Rhode Island/Cities and towns for how to handle cities in Rhode Island.
Do not change the type of any Highway/Street-level roads without first consulting your State Manager or Regional Coordinator
In Rhode Island 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 segments|
In Rhode Island, all numbered state highways should be given the designation "RI-##", where ## represents the highway number (e.g. "RI-24"). These designations should be given as the primary or alternate name for a given segment based on the following rules:
- If the road is generally considered a limited-access highway, the designation should be the primary name. Any common names for the road should be listed as alternate names.
- If the segment is considered an urban road, the common name should be the primary name, and the route designation should be the alternate name.
- If the segment is part of a rural road, the route designation should be the primary name, while the common name should be listed as the alternate name.
Also note that RI-## designations should have No city as the city name, while common names have the actual city that the segment resides in.
Consult the RIDOT Functional Classification Maps to determine where roads pass through urban and rural areas.
Rhode Island 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.
New England roads
As with most New England states, Rhode Island was not blessed with a planned road system, so many roads and intersections can appear confusing and down-right strange. If you come across such a conundrum, please contact your Area or State Manager on how to handle these situations before trying to edit them.
Below are just some of the unique road situations you may find in Rhode Island.
New England Y
One particular type of intersection crops up a lot in Rhode Island and other New England States: the New England Y. These intersections involve one road terminating in the middle of another road. Normally, this would be a standard T-intersection, but in New England, they are often given a Y-intersection instead. Not only that, but both arms of the Y-intersection typically allow for two-way traffic, making for some rather confusing traffic patterns.
In the interest of maintaining Wazer sanity, you should disable all inward turns on the Y-intersection, even if there is no specific signage restricting these turns. Inward turns are turns that take the driver back along the edge of the triangle formed by the Y-intersection, as shown in the figure on the right.
The only exception to this is when there is a house or business driveway located on the triangle. In these cases, a single inward turn towards that address should be allowed to ensure Wazers can get there successfully from all possible directions without having to u-turn farther down the road and approach from the "correct" direction.
In Rhode Island, most closures are published by RIDOT every Friday night on their Travel Advisories page. Note that we only map full road closures, not lane or shoulder closures.
If you discover a road that is closed, check with official town and local police sources to determine how long the closure is for (including town websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts). If the closure is expected to last longer than a day, please report it to your State Manager so they can add it to the map. You can also report the closure by filling out the USA Closures Form, which will alert State Managers of new closures.
Listed below are some of the long-term construction projects currently active in Rhode Island. Please be aware of these projects, as they could be the source of many User Reports.
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 Rhode Island.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, speed cameras are illegal statewide in Rhode Island, and red light cameras are legal statewide in Rhode Island.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
Currently, red light cameras are only in effect at 15 intersections in the Providence area, and two intersections along US-1 in Charlestown. To identify a valid red light camera, be sure to look for a sign near the intersection that says "Traffic Laws Photo Enforced", as shown on the right.
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.
See Rhode Island/To do for a list of active projects in Rhode Island that you can help with.
Here are a few other things to be aware of when editing in RI.
Handling Update Requests (URs)
Rhode Island has adopted a 1/4/10 day schedule when responding to Update Requests.
Other things to remember about handling URs:
- Keep responses short; some folks might be responding in the Waze app and reading long responses can be a pain!
- You should always leave a comment on a UR, even if you're just closing out old reports.
- Plugins such as URO+, UR Comments, and UR-MP Tracking can make responding to URs much easier. Check them out!
- Be sure to review the Wiki documentation on Handling Update Requests, especially the section about Response Etiquette.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Rhode Island. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Rhode Island, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Rhode Island, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Rhode Island 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.
|Rhode Island — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): orbitc ( )
| Country Managers (New England region)|
|AndyPoms(6) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Connecticut based USA Country Manager, covers Rhode Island as well
| Qwaletee(6) [ ]
|Very active in NJ and Metro NYC. SM for all of Northeast and New England regions.|| |
Local Champ. Resident of NJ. SM NJ,NY,PA,New England.
| Dmcrandall(5) [ ]
|Country Wide|| |
US Country Manager
|MojaveCactusMonkey(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Resident of NV, SM of CT/RI & NV
|State Managers (New England region)|
|GooberKing(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
RI born and bred!
|TheLastTatertot(4) [ ]||Statewide|| |
| Area Managers |
|Trotskyist(3) [ ]||Providence, Kent, and Washington counties||Also eastern CT|
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|
|jaywazin(4) [ ]||I-95 Corridor|
|SanzClew(4) [ ]||I-95 Corridor||SM of Mass.|
|ohmanrayman(3) [ ]||Northern RI|
|FranklinMorillo(2) [ ]||Woonsocket|
|angeloscuro(2) [ ]||Central and Northern RI|
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