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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Arkansas. 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.

ARKANSAS EDITORS: Sign-up with a valid email in the Waze Forum. It keeps your email address PRIVATE, but allows other editors and managers to get needed info to you in private messages. Plus the Arkansas page will have important editing info that you need to know.

NOTE: Check the change in State Highway Naming below.

SPECIAL ROADS, Some areas rely on gravel roads as primary routing. Arkansas does treat Dirt Roads differently in some instances.


Arkansas is a part of the South Central region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Arkansas / Louisiana / Mississippi / Oklahoma / Texas.

Welcome to Waze map editing in Arkansas! We currently don't have a large number of active editors here but are hoping to get more and appreciate your volunteering to help! Waze map editing is a fun, interesting hobby for those that like to "fix" things that are broken and improve those that aren't as good as they could be. Waze is a social navigation and traffic application and, likewise, editors tend to be social too. As evidenced by this Wiki, Waze uses Wiki pages to a great extent for information sharing. Waze also uses community forums and social applications (Google Hangouts, Slack) to facilitate map editor communication.

Mapping resources


Before editing the maps in Arkansas, 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.

See Arkansas/Resources for guidance in Arkansas that may not be universal to all other states.

Tools and Scripts

Waze editors have created some very useful editing tools and utilities to aid in the map editing process. For a complete listing and discussion of these tools go to the Community Plugins, Extensions and Tools Wiki. Tools that are especially useful are:

  • WME Toolbox
  • WME Validator
  • WME Junction Angle Info

Update Requests (URs)

This is a collection of boilerplate responses for most typically encountered UR issues received in Waze Map Editor. Editors are encouraged to read the Update Request and examine Waze-provided data and tailor these responses appropriately to incorporate pertinent details as the boilerplate text is not always an exact match for the situation.


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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 Arkansas.

Area Managers for Arkansas can be found in the table below.

New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.

Regarding Unlock/Update requests, first post the request in the USA Unlock/Update forum in the proper format. If you do not get a response in a few days, send a Private Message (PM) to a State Manager listed below, or the South Central Regional Coordinator jasonh300.

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.

Some states and territories manage a separate page on cities and towns to identify the specific city names that should be entered, and no others. For states that do not have a separate page to track the names, see this Wikipedia link and find the state or territory in question.

Major roads

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

Arkansas Highway Types

Arkansas has only numbered state highways. The minimum classification for a state highway is Minor Highway. That is only a minimum and may need to be upgraded based on the Functional Classification or the qualities defined on the USA road type Wiki page.

State Highway Naming

Arkansas highways are named as AR-### (e.g. AR-23). This includes their related business, loops, and spurs. (e.g. AR-23 BUS) (Changed as of Nov 2015)

County Road Naming

Arkansas county road names are named as CR-### (e.g. CR-110)

County road name designations, such as "County Road ###", "Co Rd ###", "SFC ###", "Lawrence Rd ###", etc. should transition to CR-###. This shortened version takes up less space on the map screen and is announced correctly as "County Road ###" while navigating with the Waze app.

Arkansas Road Segment Locking Guidance

Arkansas provides the following guidance for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type should 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.

Segment Type Default
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  Highest Rank of Connected Segment
 Major Highway  4
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  2
 Street  1
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2

Special roads

Drivable roads

Arkansas 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.

See Arkansas/Special roads for guidance in Arkansas that may not be universal to all other states. Specific guidance is provided for Alleys, Non-drivable roads and Dirt Roads.


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.

Information on Arkansas road closures and construction projects can be found at Connecting Arkansas Program or Interstate Rehabilitation Program sites.

Information on I-430 & I-630 Interchange project can be found at Big Rock Interchange.


Arkansas 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.


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.

Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in Arkansas.

Based on information researched at the time this page was created, the limited legality of red light and speed cameras in Arkansas is described in this page.

No other camera types should be mapped in Waze. SUMMARY: In Arkansas, DO NOT add a camera using WME or the client (mobile App). If camera radar is used by police officers, that will be reported as POLICE in the client.

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.

This state does not currently have an active "to do" list at this time. Check in the Arkansas section of the Waze forums to discuss creating one.

Area Managers

The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Arkansas. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Arkansas, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Arkansas, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Arkansas 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.

Arkansas — Area, State and Country Managers
Regional Coordinator(s): Jasonh300 (PM) and karlcr9911 (PM)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (South Central region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
jasonh300(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Statewide BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge GlobalChamp.pngBadge Mentor Global Champ.png
South-Central RC
State Managers (South Central region)
SteveInArk(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Arkansas State Manager Badge StateManager.png
Located in NW Ark
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
bart99gt(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Eastern Half of State Mississippi State Mgr
jlspence99(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Statewide
theaplhagirl(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Washington Co Also works I-49 from Washington CO to I-40 headed south to I-630 junction

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
rynods(3) [PM] Profile L3.png White, Cleburne, Faulker, Van Buren, and Conway Counties
mattrk76(2) [PM] Profile L2.png I-55 from Blytheville to W. Memphis
pizzaman7777(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Area Between Little Rock, Conway and Benton
STC99(2) [PM] Profile L2.png West Memphis, Little Rock, Paragould
Caanelohiym(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Ouachita and Union Counties

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