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State of North Carolina Mapping Resource Page


To discuss current issues in North Carolina. Please go to the forum. North Carolina Forum

Cities and Towns

There are 608 Incorporated Cities and Towns in North Carolina. See North Carolina Cities and Towns for proper naming information. At this time these should be the only ones labeled as such.


See Road Naming (USA), Road Types (USA) and North Carolina Roads By Type (work in progress) We have been using this as a general rule for the past 2 years and haven't really received any complaints. We have also incorporated the NC Functional Class Map into are road classification system:

This should be the first step in determining how a road should be type. The list below are minimums (ie a State Highway would be at a minimum a minor highway. It could also be a major highway or freeway depending on functional class)

Freeways - Interstates and all other roads with no at grade intersections. Major - US Highways, Interstates that have at grade intersections. Minor - State Highways, US Business Highways Primary - State Business Highways.

If the road is not defined as one of the above then please use the functional class to determine what type to qualify the road as.

Using the NC Functional Class Map: The NC functional Class Map is divided into 9 road type classifications. Most road classifications will minimally be defined by the above criteria. For all other roads that do not fit into that criteria please use the references below:

Functional Class Type - Waze Type

  • Interstate - Freeway
  • Other Freeway - Freeway
  • Other Principal Arterial - Major
  • Minor Arterial - Minor
  • Major Collector - Primary
  • Minor Collector - Primary
  • Local - Street
  • Projected - Not in use at this time
  • Rest Area - Not in use at this time

There are always exceptions to every rule and they will be listed here.(This needs to be added for roads that are defined by criteria one way, but, are typed by decision as another way). Consistency is key do not change a road type for routing sake or to make it appear on the map at a higher speed. Also, for consistency, do not switch road types every few segments because the functional class does (I need better wording for this). This will be one of those exceptions to the rule which will be documented in the list of exceptions above.


Please follow general worldwide guidelines for mapping in Landmarks.

Please do not forget that a recent update to WME has enabled the Address properties for Landmarks (City, State & Country) and ensure this information is filled out & correct to the best extent possible.

Major Construction Projects

See North Carolina Road Closures for a list of currently edited Road Closures. Only map road closures that are in progress.

Other Long Term Construction can be found here.

See North Carolina Construction for a list of LONG TERM Road Closures & Changes to Traffic Flow that impact the Waze Map.

Special Roads

Non-Driveable Roads

Generally, if a road can't be driven on (e.g. Walking Trail, Pedestrain Boardwalk, Stairway, Railroad, Runway/Taxiway) then it should not be mapped in Waze. This is due to the way the routing engine works, as Waze WILL route users to drive on these "Non-Driveable" road types. Please note there are several Railroads mapped in North Carolina, these are due to users incorrectly running Waze while on the train & contributing false data to the system. This false data has been known to effect drivers on adjacent roads. These railroads are mapped in a VERY particular manner by Senior Area Managers and Country Managers to prevent Waze from routing on them.

Speed / Red Light Cameras

Speed Cameras are NOT CURRENTLY LEGAL in the State of North Carolina. Red light Cameras are legal only in specific jurisdictions.

Known Jurisdictions

  • Wilmington
  • Cary

There are also cameras mounted on traffic signals that are used as part of the signal control. These compare sequential images of the intersection approach to determine if there is a vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, etc) waiting and will trigger the sequence. These devices CAN NOT issue tickets.

There are traditional traffic monitoring cameras covering most of the major highways in the state. These send live video to NC DOT & local media and serve ONLY as a traffic monitoring system.

How to Identify Cameras.

To Do List

Want to help out with the map in North Carolina? Check out the To Do List and the Landmarks To Do List.

County Maps Resources - GIS Data

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North Carolina Waze Forum

Area Managers

Username Area Managed Comments Forum PM
Level 6 Country Managers (North Carolina Based)
HavanaDay Statewide Concentrates on North Carolina, but also covers parts of South Carolina PM
Level 4 Area Managers

If you are an Area Manager that covers the State of North Carolina, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in North Carolina, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username).