This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Pennsylvania. 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.
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- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 5.1 Functional Classification reference chart
- 5.2 Naming
- 5.3 Locking Standard
- 5.4 Speed Limits
- 6 Special roads
- 7 Closures
- 8 Places
- 9 Cameras
- 10 To do list
- 11 Area Managers
- 12 Other states and territories
- 13 About this page
Pennsylvania is a part of the Northeast region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Pennsylvania, 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.
Map Editing Resources
- Common Editing Mistakes
- Map Editing Quick-start Guide
- Best map editing practice
- Editing Manual
- Junction Style Guide
- Community Plugins, Extensions and Tools
- More PA Mapping resources including all known links for Pennsylvania county maps and GIS.
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 Pennsylvania.
- Pennsylvania section of Waze forum
- The Northeast 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.
Many Pennsylvania editors use a Google Hangout to share information and stay in touch. If you are editing or planning to edit in PA, please contact a state manager or any PA editor (please see the list below) to get an invitation to the Google Hangout.
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).
In WME, every segment of every Minor Highway, Primary Street, Street, Private Road, Parking Lot Road, and Dirt Road/4x4 Trail should have a city name applied to it. should have a city name applied to all segments that also have street addresses.
City names are not required on Freeways and Ramps.
The only city name that should be applied to a segment is the incorporated municipal name (city, borough, or township) or the official 2010 Census Designated Place name (what is a CDP?) Do not use other unincorporated names such as villages or neighborhoods. Do not use postal names or areas.
See PennDOT's municipal maps for incorporated municipality borders and proper naming information. For maps that are missing from this list, you might be able to get the information you need from PennDOT's County Maps or by visiting that city's GIS website. CDP outlines and names for Pennsylvania are found here.
If a road runs on a border, according to Waze statements, the other city should be in the alternate name field to support address searches.
If a road segment runs across a border, it should be split with a junction on the border if there should be house numbers applied within each city. This supports address search. Otherwise apply the city name that makes the most sense, or none at all for freeways.
See Duplicate cities for information on resolving the numerous conflicting city names in Pennsylvania. When a municipality has the same name and city type (i.e. Borough, Township, City), append the county after the city name in the format Cityname, Countyname. This is based on a recommendation by Waze for future database organization.
The Functional Classification chart shown below has been modified from the national chart to more closely reflect the roads in Pennsylvania.
Functional Classification reference chart
Use this chart to determine the road type for Pennsylvania roads based on the functional class.
First, find the functional class of the road from the PennDOT Functional Classification county maps and determine if it is a signed, numbered highway in a one of the highway systems.
Follow the column for the road's highway system down to the row for the road's functional class to find the proper road type for that particular road.
The PennDOT color coding is cross-referenced in the first column of the table for your convenience.
|Interstate||Interstate Business, Loop, Spur||US Hwy (incl. some special routes)||US Hwy BUS, SPUR, LOOP||State Route Shielded||State Route Unshielded||Locally Maintained|
|Examples||I-80||I-94 Business||US-190||US-460 Business||SR-23 SR-309||SR-2006||Roberts St|
|Other Principal Arterial||n/a|
|Urban or Rural-Major Collector||n/a|
|Rural Minor Collector||n/a||[b]
| Local Roads or
^b Some 4-digit State Routes are numbered for legacy or maintenance reasons, but they do not serve as primary thoroughfares for the area and should be classified as .
State routes with 2 or 3 digit route numbers
In Pennsylvania all State Routes should have any common name as displayed on street signs as the primary name in WME, and the route number in the alternate name field. The city name should be the same for both the common name and route number. SR-111 is the current acceptable format. The use of State Hwy or PA-xxx and other variations should not be used unless it is on the road signs that drivers would see.
State Route naming should follow the following format:
- SR-28 S (divided one-way segments).
- SR-309 (undivided two-way segments).
Note: Some state routes have mixed signage, with route numbers at major intersections and road names at minor intersections. Until Waze gets state shields working completely, the best practice is to name the segments according the the signage that the motorist will see as he approaches the state route, with priority given to the major intersections.
State routes with 4 digit route numbers
State Routes with 4 digits (e.g. SR-3001) should not have the route number in the alternate field. SR-xxxx should be removed from the alt field, if you find it.
County or township roads
County (Co) and Township (T) roads need no special designation or road type. Road number info is not needed in the alternate name field.
When naming a Ramp to a State Route, use the SR-111 format. PA-111 format should not be used unless it matches exactly what is on the big green sign directing you to the ramp. It is best to reference Google Street View in WME, where available.
Adhere to national standards for Exit ramps and Entrance ramps (on-ramps). Ramp names should use these formats:
- Numbered exit: (Exit 16: SR-15 / Scranton)
- Numbered exit with multiple Cities or Routes: (Exit 16: SR-15 N / SR-86 E / Wilkes / Scranton)
- Numbered exit with multiple exits: (Exit 16A-B: SR-15 N / SR-86 E / Scranton)
- Non-numbered exit: (to SR-15 / Scranton)
When naming roads or Ramps, use Penna. as the abbreviation for Pennsylvania. Penn causes text-to-speech conflicts with the numerous items named after William Penn. PA should not be used except as shown below.
Penna. Tpk is the proper abbreviation for naming ramps, and for alternate names for the Turnpike.
Shortened state route names
The format SR-xxx (State Route) should be used when naming ramps (e.g., to SR-28 S / Pittsburgh). See also: Ramps. To maintain uniformity across the state, the PA-xxx format should not be used unless it is on the road signs that drivers would see.
In Pennsylvania 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|
Note: Do Not Mass Edit just to update locks to these standards, these can adjusted as you find while editing other aspects of the segments such as FC, speed limits, naming, etc.
Some segments still warrant higher locks and care should be taken when setting segment lock to these standards to look for and protect these special setups with higher locks. Some examples; segments which are part of BDP, U-turn prevention, or using micro-doglegs, or other complex intersection setups.
Pennsylvania follows the national guideline for speed limits, with a few exceptions listed below.
- When a speed limit changes at an intersection, the sign for the new speed zone can be found up to 200 feet after the intersection. If the speed limit changes more than 200' from the intersection, add a junction at the sign and make the speed limit change there.
- Long term work zone speed limits may be mapped instead of the "ordinary time" speed limits.
- Speed limit signs are supposed to be posted on every street, no further than 1/2 mile apart.. If you can verify that there are no posted signs, follow the PA guidelines:
- 35 miles per hour in any urban district.
- 25 miles per hour in a residence district (unless it is a numbered route classified as a local highway)
- 55 miles per hour in other locations.
Summary of National Guidelines
- Only map speeds found on regulatory white rectangular signs with black lettering.
- Do not map advisory speed limits (generally an orange or amber rectangular sign with black lettering).
- Where there are variable speed limits, map only the speed limit which is in effect most of the time during daylight hours (most hours of the day, days of the week).
- Do not map special speed limits for special vehicles. Waze only supports speed limits for private passenger cars.
- Where the speed limit changes, make it change in the map. A new junction may need to be added. But do not add a new junction for a speed limit if it will be within 200 feet of an existing junction.
PA Speed Limit Resources
Links to PA speed limit laws
- PA Title 67 PA Title 67, 212.108 (e) If the new speed limit begins at an intersection, the first sign should be installed within 200 feet beyond the intersection.
- PA Title 75 The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code (Title 75), §3362 indicates that speed limit signing must be in accordance with Department regulations to include “…posting at the beginning and end of each speed zone and at intervals not greater than one-half mile”. In addition, the installation of speed limit signing will function as a constant reminder of the roadway’s speed limit. "
- PA Title 7575.3362
Pennsylvania 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.
An alley should be mapped if:
- An alley should be mapped if it is named.
- An alley should be mapped if it is the address of a home or business.
- An alley is normally mapped if it is acknowledged by the municipality.
If an alley does not meet the above criteria, mapping is discouraged unless it solves a navigation issue. Check the "No name" box in WME if it has no name.
- If mapped, an alley should always be set to type "Private Road".
Because of the way the routing engine works, Waze will route users to drive onto "non-drivable" road types. Generally, if a path can't be driven on (e.g. Walking Trail, Pedestrian Boardwalk, Stairway, Runway/Taxiway) then it is not normally mapped. If it is mapped, it should not be connected to any roads. "Emergency and Authorized Vehicles Only" and PennDOT Service Roads are to be treated as non-drivable roads as well. You primarily see these between interstate roads and on the Turnpike. If mapped, they should not be connected to any drivable road, the road type should be set as Private Road and locked at the highest rank of the editor.
Railroads may be mapped since some people use Waze while on the train, contributing false traffic data to the system. This false data has been known to affect drivers on adjacent roads.
- AS OF OCTOBER 2014: Railroads can be junctioned with a driveable road segment as per the Road Types / USA Wiki entry. This will allow for Waze to collect more accurate historical data and better determine if there are delays at the railroad crossing at various times of the day. There is no need for mass editing of railroads, but these changes can be made as encountered on the map. The elevation should be set to 'Ground'. If a railroad is junctioned with a driveable road segment, all turns should be restricted for the junction to and from the railroad segments. If an automated Map Problem (MP) is seen at a railroad junction with the turns restricted, mark it as "Not identified."
Time restricted turns
The Waze Map Editor and routing engine supports scheduled restrictions (time of day, day of week, turns, traffic flow direction, vehicle type, etc.).
Please see the Scheduled Restrictions page for full documentation on this feature.
For information about Closures from Penndot, please click on your Penndot engineering district and then on roadwork PennDOT Engineering districts
The 511PA website is also a good source of information about current closures.
Pennsylvania should follow the US Standard for Road Closures or Major/Long Term Construction projects. Please see the US Construction Zones & Road Closure Wiki for information regarding closing & flagging roads in the editor that are under construction or closed.
Pennsylvania generally follows the US standard for Places for guidance in regards to mapping Points of Interest & Businesses. There are many categories of Places to add to the map, Please see the the places post regarding information pertaining to important places that should be added to the map. These include Hospitals, Police Stations, Fire Departments, Colleges and Universities, Municipal Courthouses, County Courthouses, Airports, Military Bases, Theme Parks, Zoos, and Aquariums, Ski resorts, and Golf Courses.
Pennsylvania standards for places differ in some ways from the US standard.
- All Places are to be locked to a minimum level of Rank 2.
- Places considered fundamental to the functioning of the Waze app, such as Gas Stations, should be locked to Rank 4.
Complex, intricate, or crucial Places such as Hospitals, Police Stations, Fire Departments, Airports, Parks, etc. should be locked at least to Rank 4.
- area vs point
- The standards for area vs point are somewhat different from the US standard.
For more information on this please see Pennsylvania/Places.
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.
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 Pennsylvania.
Limited Red Light Cameras are legal in Pennsylvania.
Red light cameras
Red light cameras are legal in a few cites and suburban towns in Pennsylvania. The following cities & municipalities are the only places where the use of Red Light Cameras are permitted at this time. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and municipalities with a population >20,000 and police departments accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties & have a local ordinance permitting the use of Red Light Enforcement Cameras. See Red Light Camera Laws in Pennsylvania
As of October 2014[update], red light cameras are in service at the following intersections:
- PENNDOT district 6 (Philadelphia area)
Not legal in Pennsylvania and should not be approved in WME anywhere in PA.
Other camera types
These are cameras or signs that either provide driver feedback or are used for traffic control. These devices CANNOT issue tickets and should not be approved in WME. See How to Identify Cameras.
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.
Want to help out with the map in Pennsylvania? Check out the Pennsylvania Forum
- NOTE: You should always finish any work you start... Please do not leave it incomplete.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Pennsylvania. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Pennsylvania, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Pennsylvania, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Pennsylvania 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.
|Pennsylvania — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): [RC] orbitc ( ) and [ARC] qwaletee ( )
| Country Managers (Northeast region)|
| orbitc(6) [ ]
|Entire State of PA, also NY, NJ, DE, CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT|| |
Region 9 Northeast & 8 New England
|jondrush(6) [ ]||USA (Global Champ)|| |
Resident of state
|MGODLEW(6) [ ]||USA (Global Champ)|| |
Resident of state
|PhantomSoul(6) [ ]||USA (Local Champ)|| |
Resident of NJ
|DrNeubie(5) [ ]||USA / Country Manager / PA State Mgr|| |
| Kodi75(5) [ ]
|USA / Country Manager|| |
MD State Manager
| voludu2(5) [ ]
| SM in PA, active in NY
help out in DE, NJ, MD
|State Managers (Northeast region)|
| no1uknow(5) [ ]
|All of Pennsylvania|| |
|unlimited1808(5) [ ]||All of Pennsylvania|| |
| Odessit68(4) [ ]
|All of Pennsylvania|| |
| RussPA(4) [ ]
|All of Pennsylvania|| |
| Area Managers |
| eaglestailg8ter(4) [ ]
|All of Pennsylvania|| |
AM-NW Missouri, KC Metro, Columbia, E Kansas, SE Nebraska - Live Philly Burbs
| kmart27(4) [ ]
|All of Pennsylvania|| |
| SikeMever(3) [ ]
Mayor of Pittsburgh
|All of Pennsylvania|| |
| JButz2(4) [ ]
|Cambria, Indiana, and Blair Counties|| |
Resident of NJ, formerly from PA. AM in NJ, PA, MA, & TX
|nivekeel(4) [ ]||Stroudsburg & Chestnuthill area|| |
|chief5232(3) [ ]||Indiana|| |
|Confedyank(3) [ ]||Cambria|
| cshinn89(3) [ ]
|Pike county PA, northern NJ, & Orange county NY|| |
Thailand RM. Pike County AM. Former NJ Resident and Currently living in PA
|doctorblah(3) [ ]||Chester, Clearfield, Delaware, Montgomery & Philadelphia|| |
|hickpop(3) [ ]||Pike County & NJ AM|| |
| JDTech4U(3) [ ]
|Mercer County & Surrounding|| |
| roarlions1(3) [ ]
|Bucks/Montgomery/Schuylkill/Columbia/Luzerne Counties|| |
|RRM47(3) [ ]||Philadelphia area, primarily Chester County|
| smitty15(3) [ ]
|Central Pa, Montour & Columbia counties|| |
| TheRealOrdizzle(3) [ ]
|Primarily Allegheny, Fayette, Washington, & Westmoreland counties|| |
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|
| MTBSpeedy(4) [ ]
|whoaitspete(4) [ ]||Centre Region|| |
| G_W1Z(3) [ ]
|Juniata, Mifflin, Dauphin, York||Resident of PA|
| mphinneb(3) [ ]
| Phlipnull(3) [ ]
|Adams County and surrounding|
|steelsandals(3) [ ]|
|vosfw(3) [ ]||Philadelphia|
| APettyJ(2) [ ]
|CranMalReign(2) [ ]||SE PA, some SW and NW PA|
| ehcool68(2) [ ]
|Montgomery, Bucks, eastern Berks, southern Lehigh|
| fishman729(2) [ ]
|Central PA and surrounding|
|Six7EJ00(2) [ ]|
| tp8106(2) [ ]
|Cumberland County / Carlisle and Surrounding|
| Trollyasha(2) [ ]
| dappermapper(1) [ ]
|Montgomery, Philadelphia, Camden NJ|
| Eric_Blair(1) [ ]
| jrk251(1) [ ]
|Williamsport and Lock Haven|
| MarieAnnelise(1) [ ]
|Pittsburgh / Allegheny County|
| P2P1800(1) [ ]
|SE PA, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia|
|phuz(1) [ ]||Berks, Lancaster, Bucks, Lehigh|
| Reps27(1) [ ]
| villetbone(1) [ ]
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