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User:JasonN899/West Virginia Map Raid

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Map Raid West Virginia will run for approximately 16 days from Sunday March 18th through Sunday April 2nd.

Welcome to Wild, Wonderful West Virginia

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Despite its relatively small size, the Mountain State is home to approximately 3,100 cities, towns and small communities. To link them (and to provide an important part of the transport of the state’s abundant natural resources), there are some 36,000 miles of state-maintained highways that include 6,636 bridges (this figure does not include 238 railroad bridges, 117 city and county bridges, 99 West Virginia Turnpike bridges, 20 state park bridges, two private toll bridges and 132 other non-highway bridges).

Map Raid Goals

We would like to prioritize our efforts during the map raid to get the most needed items completed first. While participating in the Raid, please reference this list. Move to the next item on the list ONLY when the above item is complete. If you are not sure if one of the items are complete in your area, please contact a Local Host or your Group Leader for guidance.

  1. Base Map / Connectivity
    1. Verify Direction of Segments
    2. Correct Turn Restrictions (TR)
    3. Solidify Soft Turns
    4. Verify Names
      1. Primary
      2. Alt Names
      3. County Route (CR)
      4. Add/Update/Remove City/CDP Names on Segments
      5. Add USPS City as Alt Only
    5. Verify Road Type
      1. Street
      2. Unpaved (Gravel/Dirt)
      3. Undrivable (4x4/Jeep Trail/ATV)
    6. Remove/Add/Update PLR or PR per National Wiki Guidance
    7. Remove Other State Names on Segments (OH/VA/KY/PA/MD)
    8. Add Speed Limits (SL)
    9. Remove Unnecessary Junction Nodes
    10. Adjust Geometry
    11. Adjust Elevations
    12. Update Lock Levels
      1. If above your Rank, please ask for assistance
    13. Remove City Names on Freeway (FW) Segments
  2. Add Red Cross Shelters
  3. Add/Update Fire Stations
  4. Add/Update Hospitals/Emergency Rooms/Urgent Care Facilities
  5. Add/Update Schools
  6. Add/Update other Area Places
    1. Confirm correct usage (Area vs Point)
  7. Add/Update Point Places
    1. Confirm correct usage (Point vs Area)
  8. Address User Reports (URs)
  9. Address Place Update Requests (PUR)
  10. Address Map Problems (MP)

Raid Areas

Raid Groups

Local Hosts

WV Leadership and Area Managers


Please do not alter any of the following road types without first consulting a Local Host or your Group Leader: Freeways, Ramps, Major Highways, or Minor Highways

Please do not mass-edit Do not perform edits which will affect large numbers of segments at once. The edit history of segments is highly valuable in the process of solving URs. Mass editing effectively mass erases this history, permanently. We ask that all necessary processes which might affect large portions of the map, or long stretches of roads, be reserved until near the end of the MapRaid. This includes the “Select entire street” function.

Anything locked at 5 or 6? Please check with a local editor before making changes. Rank 5 and 6 editors - consider keeping highlights active for locks 5 and 6.

Close nodes We make extensive use of the "micro-dogleg" technique, where a geometry node is carefully placed, at full zoom, directly next to a junction node, in order to set the angle to create a desired Turn/Stay/Exit prompt. Please watch for these if you move any junction node, and be sure to recreate the same angle at the new location.

Local Guidance

State & County Route Naming

State highways that are primarily signed at entering intersections with a State Route number like 75px-WV-2.svg.png rather than a road name should be named WV-### ("WV-2"). County roads that are primarily signed at entering intersections with County Road numbers like WVCountyMain.png or WestVirginiaCountySub.png rather than a road name should be named CR-## or CR-##/## ("CR-65" or "CR-91/1").

Functional Classification

The Functional Classification (FC) has been completed in West Virginia.

Occasionally, we find short segments that were missed in the selection process for conversion, and it is important that these be corrected for routing continuity. In general, however, we ask that Road Types not be changed without consulting either your Group Leader or one of the Local Hosts. In isolated cases, we have chosen to deviate from official classifications, due to errors or outdated information in the FC maps, or to better accommodate real-life situations and Waze quirks. It is important that these remain intact. Sometimes dirt roads may appear higher on FC maps but shouldn't be used by Waze for routing.

If you find an area that doesn't seem to be complete please bring it to the attention of a Local Host or your Group Leader for review.

For more in depth information regarding FC please visit the Road Type Wiki

MAR Minimum Road Lock Standard

Minimum Road Lock Standard
Segment Type Direction Lock
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  4
 Major Highway  4
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  One-way 3
Two-way 2
 Private Road 
One-way 2
Two-way 1
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   3
 ||||||||        ||||||||        ||||||||        |||||||| Runway ||||||||        ||||||||        ||||||||        ||||||||  4
Other Named Types 5

Note that these are minimums and, for protection, certain segments may be at higher lock levels. If you find a road locked to a higher level than its minimum, please leave it locked no lower than that level when you have finished editing.

West Virginia User Report Management

West Virginia has a very good grasp on User Reports/Map Problems throughout the state. This will not be a "focus" of the raid, but please feel free to work any UR/MP's in your editable area. Remember to follow the Response Timeline guidelines below.

Response Timeline

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

Day 0

The first editor who is able to respond to a User Report (UR) should attempt to resolve the UR. If they are successful, they should comment as such in the UR and mark it "Solved". 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 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. These need to be marked as "Not Identified" and a brief comment sent.


Cameras will not be mapped

§17C-6-7a of the West Virginia Code prohibits use of cameras to detect or prove traffic law violations.

Place Editing

West Virginia follows the national Places guidance.

To prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of submissions from "trusted users, all area places and points with complete data should be locked to Level 2 at a minimum. Additionally, please consult the following table for minimum lock level for completed places.

Place Type Minimum Lock Level
Area/Point Places 2
Gas Stations 3
Hospital/Medical Care 4
Fire Department 4
Police Station 4
Airports 4

Emergency/Red Cross Shelters

Mapping Resources

West Virginia Maps

West Virginia GIS Resources

We highly recommend that you install the WME GIS script. This script will make it a lot easier to access the multiple GIS websites.

If you do not wish to install this script please visit the West Virginia Cities and Towns page for all GIS links. NOTE:Not all WV counties have GIS links. Only hyperlinked county names are linked to the County GIS. City/Town names are hyperlinked to the WME Permalink. If you get confused digging through all of the different GIS sites, which will probably happen (it has to all of us), please contact your Group Leader or a Local Host for guidance

Reference Links

West Virginia Wiki Page

If you have any questions regarding WV standards during editing and you cannot find the answer on this page, please visit the West Virginia Wiki Page.

West Virginia Map Raid Forum

The Basics

Recommended Tools for MR West Virginia

Note: Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey may be required to use any of the following scripts.

  • WME US Government Boundaries is a script that will display USPS Zip Code Boundaries on the map.
  • Validator is a script that validates a map area in Waze Map Editor, highlights issues and generates a very detailed report with wiki references and solutions.
    • Download links:
      • For Chrome browser please download the script at Chrome Web Store
      • For Firefox browser please download the script at
        • Note: Greasemonkey is required to use Validator in Firefox.
  • WME Chat Addon is a script that improves the WME chat GUI. For a list of all the features check the thread here.
  • WME Color Highlights (WMECH) - colors segments as indicated by user selections
  • Junction Angle Info (JAI) -- shows you the number of degrees between segments, crucial for ensuring correct turn guidance
  • WME Toolbox (WMETB or TB) - allows users to do more repetitive edit tasks with the click of a button
  • WME Place Harmonizer acts on a single selected place to validate, format, and harmonize the information for the selected place, this is a great tool when updating places and PUR's.

Boots on the ground

Please contact a Local Host for any Boots on the Ground requests.

Disclaimer: We have a limited number of editors in a large state. Please bear with us when requesting BOTG, we may not be able to provide an answer within the raid timeline, but will do our best.


Watch here for results of the Raid.

MapRaid Promotions

Some editors really let their bright side out, and let their community skills shine. This is even more evident in a concerted group effort with high-density editing like a MapRaid!. Editors of all ranks working closely with each other and the Champs, really lets us everyone get to know each other, and allows certain editors to be recognized for their skills and effort.

When the Champs see someone consistently editing well, interacting well with the community, and knowledgeable of the various details from the Wiki, they can issue promotions. This can be anything from the size of a managed area, to a rank increase, or even a new role.

Watch here for results of promotions during and after the raid.