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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of

Montana. 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. <div style="color:





Montana is a part of the Northwest region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Alaska / Idaho / Montana / Oregon / Washington / Wyoming.

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Mapping resources


Before editing the maps in

Montana, 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.

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Functional Classification

Montana follows the Functional Classification (FC) system for both state and non-state roads. This change from the previous road-typing guidance was changed in September 2014.


GIS Resources

MDT City, County, Urban, and Unincorporated Maps

MDT Incorporated City Maps

MDT County Maps

County maps show roads on a land grid of township,range and section lines. MDT departmental route id's are indicated with a beginning label and ending label, and MDT corridor id's are added to some routes where possible. These maps do not imply roadway ownership or maintenance responsibility. Cultural features adjacent to roads are displayed by symbols. The maps also indicate managed areas by owner, lakes, reservoirs, streams, canals/ditches, and, railroads.

  • City areas are blocked out on these maps but they are available in the Urban maps, City Systems maps and Unincorporated Town Maps.

MDT Urban Maps

Highway Systems include:

  • the National Highway System (NHS) - includes the Interstate and other principal arterials
  • the Primary Highway System
  • the Secondary Highway System
  • the Primary Streets

The six functional classifications for urbanized and urban areas include:

  • Interstate
  • Principal Arterials
  • Minor Arterials
  • Major Collectors
  • Minor Collectors
  • Local streets

MDT Unincorporated Town Maps

Unincorporated town maps show public roads on a land grid of township, range and section lines. These maps do not imply roadway ownership or maintenance responsibility. Cultural features adjacent to roads are displayed by symbols. The maps also indicate managed areas by owner, lakes, reservoirs, streams, canals/ditches, and, railroads

WME Scripts

Useful scripts to help you start your WME carrier. Please read the General installation instructions before installing scripts.




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 Montana can be found in the table below.

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Google Hangout (Chat)

Montana has a Google Hangout (GHO) for the state, which is used to chat with local editors and area/state/regional management. If you're a new/existing editor in Montana or even if you're just visiting and want to relay information to local editors you can do so by clicking the link below to jump into the group.

Join Montana GHO

There is also a Northwest Region GHO, which has a similar mission but serves Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming so there are many more editors in there who can assist. Most of the northwest's State Managers have area management over Montana, so you can more quickly get help by joining these channels.

Join Northwest Region GHO

Google Hangouts is a free app available on Android and iOS devices. You also can use an extension in the Chrome Web Browser to access this chat. Go to for more information.


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.

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When editing a segment's City field, use the incorporated name, or use the CDP (Census Designated Place) name when the place is locally known and/or more commonly recognized by that name. Segments outside of the official limits of incorporated or CDP areas should have the "None" box checked instead. Unincorporated areas (unless they are part of a Montana CDP) and greater urban areas outside of city/CDP limits should also be checked as "None".

Creating your own city overlays: You must have WME Geometries installed along with Qgis a free geographical information system. Follow t0cableguy's guide that he has put together. Cross reference your maps for accuracy with U.S. Census Bureau maps by selecting Place on the bottom right. In the drop down menu select Montana and the appropriate city or town. Also use MDOT's City and Urban maps.

Indian Reservations

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Continue working on MH, mH, and PS SL. We're doing a great job! Keep it up.

Read the Wiki standard before editing any of our Tribal Nation roads in Montana. Wiki guidelines on Indian Reservations Roads List and maps of Tribal Nations in Montana


Major roads

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

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As of Dec. 2015 Montana's Primary Highways are to be labeled "MT-xxx" and Secondary Highways "State Hwy xxx" to preserve the state shield. See this complete list of Numbered Highways for cross reference. US-10 no longer exists as it was replaced by I-90 and I-94. However, Old Hwy 10 still exists in some areas and should be mapped as such.

Locking Standard

Montana observes the following locking standards on the following types of road segments. All roads must be locked at least to the minimum level stated. If needing a segment unlocked or locked to a </> level please use the Unlock and Update Request forum.

Montana Minimum Locking Standards
Segment Type Rank
 Freeway  4
 Ramp  Highest rank of connected segments
 Major Highway  3
 Minor Highway  2
 Primary Street  2
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2
All Others 1

U-turn Legality

Limitation on U-turns --[1] turning on curve or crest of grade prohibited. An operator of a vehicle may not turn the vehicle to proceed in the opposite direction:

  • unless the movement can be made safely and without interfering with other traffic; or
  • upon any curve or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade where the vehicle cannot be seen by the operator of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within 500 feet.

^1 MT Code 61-8-334. Limitation on U-turns

For Waze routing, u-turns should only be enabled where they provide the potential for improved routing, which includes recovering from missed turns. A common example is a median-divided primary street that has homes/businesses with their driveways/entrances directly on it, where reaching them would otherwise require lengthy, multi-turn deviations through side roads in order to end up on the correct side of the median.

Elevation Guidelines

These are the general guidelines for elevation in Montana:

  • Drivable and non-drivable segments are handled the same way with elevation.
  • Set elevation to ground in most cases.
    • Segment(s) passing over other segment(s), rivers, major waterways, and all bridges shall have higher elevation, relative to ground.
    • Only elevate/lower the actual bridge/tunnel section of the road.
    • Elevation of overlapping segments should be set relative to each other, with the lowest segment as Ground (unless a tunnel).
    • Tunneled segments shall have lower elevation, relative to ground.
    • Only segments that "cannot see the sky" should have negative elevation (i.e. tunnels).
    • Only set elevation as low/high as necessary.
  • If you use the Bridge tool to join segments, be aware that it raises the elevation of the joined segment. Lower the joined segment as appropriate.
  • "Seagull" guidelines apply to elevation in Montana.
    • Bridges should be cut at the start/end of the bridge.
    • Tunnels should be cut at least 15m/50ft before and after the tunnel, to allow time for the GPS to regain signal.
    • Do not cut segments for elevation purposes if the bridge/tunnel starts/stops within 60m/200ft of an existing junction.

Speed Limits

Montana follows the Waze wiki Speed Limit guidelines when it comes to adding SL to segments. The only exception to this guidelines is adding SL to work zone areas, we do not add SL to these areas as the SL will change at unknown times and can not be verified in some cities or counties.


Special roads

Drivable roads

Montana 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.
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Forest Service Roads

When editing Forest Service Roads be sure to read the Waze wiki page first in order to follow naming convention. Listed below are references that are a good starting point

Dirt Roads 4x4

Montana follows the following functional classification for Gravel and Dirt Road /4x4 trails.

 Gravel Roads 
Functional Classification
Minor Arterial  Minor Highway 
Minor Collector  Primary Street 
Local/Not Mapped  Street 

 Dirt Road / 4X4 Trail 
Functional Classification
Minor Arterial  Dirt Road / 4X4 Trail 
Minor Collector  Dirt Road / 4X4 Trail 
Local/Not Mapped  Dirt Road / 4X4 Trail 

Images demonstrated above can not cover all scenarios for mapping maintenance level to Waze road type. These types of roads may undergo variation in quality over seasons additionally depending on the climate (rain/snow). Particularly, some gravel roads may have qualities that are closer to Dirt Road / 4x4 Trail than street. Editors with local experience or potential Street View images may help in this determination.

Driveways / Private Roads

Please follow the following guidelines for Private Driveways. Wiki standard can be found here. Driveways

Mapping rural diveways

  • If an address/location cannot be reasonably guided to without a private drive, it can be added.
  • Single house at the end of a 1mi (1609m) private drive, and that's the only house, it probably isn't needed.
  • If it's 5 houses at the end of a single shared 1/4mi (402m) long private drive, it probably is needed.
  • If it's a house at the end of a 500m (1640 ft) long private drive which is right up against another street from which you cannot access the address (stop point will be on the segment closest), then a private drive is probably needed. Per AlanOfTheBerg guidelines

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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.

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Road Closures

You can follow MDT Road Report on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest traffic conditions and road closures.

This section contains details about road closures, mainly MT and State Hwy's but can contain City, Urban and Rural streets in the state of Montana. If you perform a road closure at any time please use the Waze Closures form and report all closures here. A list of all Montana State and Secondary Hwy closing are on MDOT travel information webpage.

Road Name Editor Closed Date Est Open Date Links and comments
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Rest Area closures

As of this righting 02/2016 there are currently no guidelines in the wiki stating how to close a ramp. This was brought to the attention of our RC, discussion ensued and a final conclusion has been made. Listed below are the following state guidelines for Montana only and should not be considered accurate for any other state outside of Montana unless agreed upon by said states RC and SM.

The choice to implement a RTC (Real time closure) was based on multiple parts. Turn directions: Using a TBTR (time based turn restriction) Waze will still route to the rest area, TBTR merely suggests a suggestion/penalty. There's no other way to get there, so it will route that way. Hard turn restriction only prevents routes through that turn. A closure or RTC (Real Time Closure) will make the segments invisible to the routing server and therefore will never direct the driver onto the ramp thus avoiding the closed rest area. The second to last step is Updating the Rest area it's self.

Final step: After completing the closure of the ramps and rest area please log it into the form below. This way we can keep track of all closures and time frames.

Rest Area MM # Closed Date Est Open Date Editor Links and comments
Columbus E & W bound Rest Area MM 418 to 419.5 03/01/2016 12/01/2016 Kinematic Travelmobile

Acquiring resources

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In order to understand how to close a rest area, we first have to identify which rest area it is. We can find this information on MDT Construction and Maintenance site. MDT will have closures planned for the future, current closures and completed closures. For this scenario we will be using

Colmbus eastbound and westbound rest areas, parking lots, on and off ramps. With the provided resource we can now start to construct our Real Time Closure.(RTC)

  • Closure date: 2-29-16
  • Ending date: Until further notice
  • Reason: Under construction

We can then take this information and fill out a RTC on the ramp entering into the rest area to be closed.


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To begin closing the rest area we first edit the rest are fields. You can do this simply by clicking on the area it's self and pressing the E key on your keyboard. Within in the NAME field place CLOSED in bold letters in the square brackets. Under the DESCRIPTION field, enter the closing description found on the MDT Construction and Maintenance website. We also will want to un-check any amenity that is checked in the More Information tab for the purpose of visually representing no amenities are available. When everything is entered in, click save.

Ramp Closure

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Selecting the ramp to be closed. In this case it's "to Rest Area" as in most cases, although some ramps are named differently depending on how the exit is labeled.

RTC on Ramp

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Collecting the data from earlier we can now enter it into the closure.

  • Location - This field will auto-populate to name of affected street. If multiple streets are selected, add a general description of the area (name of the road, the interchange, or the area if several roads in a known area are being closed). This section is NOT view-able in the client app, it is only seen in the WME.
  • Reason - This section will be view-able in both the client app and the LiveMap. Write a description of closure / event here. Once supported, #hashtags will go here.
  • Direction - Closure direction should be noted carefully (using the A and B nodes for reference). Close one way direction on a two way road here.
  • Event - This field is not currently active, please ignore.

Start/End Date & Time - Enter date/time the closure will remain active (the start date can be a date in the past). Enter local time for area of map you are editing. Format is 24-hour clock and YYYY-MM-DD. NOTE: End date can not be more than 183 days after the start date.

In the event that you are unable to use the RTC feature you can do 1 of 2 things:

  1. Report the closure to a AM/SM
  2. Use the Closures for all editors form.



Montana 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. <div style="color:


Places/Parking Lot

As the new Parking features are being rolled out, PLAs are being imported to the map by Waze. This guidance should be used to fix up those imported PLAs. However while we wait for additional features to be released, currently any PLA will be displayed as a visible area on the client map creating clutter. Current guidance is therefore not to add any new PLAs until the client is updated (soon™) to not display PLAs. Places/Parking Lot

See Montana/Places for guidance in Montana 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.

When adding a camera, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.

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All localities prohibited from using red light cameras; rail crossings excepted.


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.

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Want to help out with the map in Montana? Below is a list of projects that need to be done. Please see Map Editing & Editing Best Practices for a starting point on how to edit the map.

See Montana/To do for guidance in To Do List Montana


Area Managers

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

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

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

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

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for

Montana 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.

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Montana — Area, State and Country Managers
Regional Coordinator(s): [RC] AlanOfTheBerg (PM)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Northwest region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
AlanOfTheBerg(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Statewide BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge CountryManager.pngBadge GlobalChamp.png
Dmcrandall(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
Avatar Dmcrandall.jpg
Mountain States, New England & US Territories Badge Mentor.pngBadge CountryManager.pngBadge MapRaider.png
US Country Mgr - AZ Resident
State Managers (Northwest region)
SkyviewGuru(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Statewide Badge StateManager.pngBadge AreaManager.png
Interim State Manager
Resident of Idaho
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
herrchin(4) [PM] Profile L4.png
Eastern third Badge AreaManager.png
Kinematic(4) [PM] Profile L4.png
Montana Badge StateManager.png
PhoenixofMT(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Central Montana Badge AreaManager.png
Kyle3728(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Billings Badge Mentor.png

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

CluelessBillingsDriver(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Billings Badge Mentor.png
YepItsMeUhHuh(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Glendive Badge Mentor.png
GhostCard(1) [PM] Profile L1.png Billings Badge Mentor.png


Other states and territories

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The other states and territories of the USA can be found in the navigation box below. Press the "show" button to open the box.

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