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


Minnesota is a part of the Plains region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Iowa / Kansas / Minnesota / Missouri / Nebraska / North Dakota / South Dakota.

Mapping resources


Before editing the maps in Minnesota, 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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See Minnesota/Resources for guidance in Minnesota that may not be universal to all other states and territories.

Statewide Minnesota


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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 Minnesota.

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

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

Hangout Group

Minnesota also has a Hangout Group for the state. Originally, this was only opened for Minnesota Area Managers; however, after serious consideration, it is now opened to any person doing editing in the state of Minnesota. This will give quick editing guidance and will allow to easily collaborate information between other users in the state. If you wish to be included in this Hangout, Please PM DallasGrant with your Google (Gmail) email address so he can add you to the group.

A list of the users in the hangout can be found here.

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: google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts for more information.

Editor Lookup

We can lookup the activity of any editor by going to the following page for that editor: https://www.waze.com/user/editor/* , where * is the editor's username in Waze.

For example: https://www.waze.com/user/editor/GadgetJ

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.

Minnesota bases cities and towns on standard city line boundaries and not USPS standards. Where the city limits end, another city or township will begin.

Minnesota does show townships throughout the state. Keep in mind that many of these are named incorrectly. All township names should be [Township] Twp. It should not end in the full word Township or be called Greater [Township] Area.

If we see an error with a city, town, or township name, DO NOT correct the issue in the map itself. Correcting it in the map either will give you errors when you attempt or it will smudge cities. Even if you update every street in the township, the incorrect city name will still exist and will show both names on the live map.

If you see an issue, Report It and we will submit a report to fix the city name. Keep in mind that this is a very time-consuming process and averagely takes 2-3 months to show correctly on the editing map and another 1-2 months after that before the live map will see it.

Report Incorrect City Data

We currently are running an experiment with adding residential addressing as a place point using the USPS city as opposed to the township or city it is actually located. We are verifying the negative implications of this and seeing if the positives outweigh the negatives. If you see this on the map, please do not delete it or follow suit as this is an isolated test.

Major roads

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

Functional Class

You will hear the phrase Functional Class or FC a lot when it comes to the standard for road types. According to the US Federal Highway Administration, The concept of functional classification defines the role that a particular roadway segment plays in serving the flow of traffic through the network. Waze has its own interpretation of this system, but it utilizes the state's functional class map to help determine the road type to use.

Check out our Mapping Resources for knowledge on how to use the state's map system to find Functional Classifications Standards in Minnesota. From that knowledge, use this chart to determine how the road should be classified using the Waze Standard. Minnesota follows this chart completely aside from dirt or gravel roads in rural areas. This exception will be changed as soon as an unpaved road option exists in Waze.

If you have any questions about Functional Class, please use our Community Resourses to reach out to gain further information.

Below is a list of the six major road types. If you click on the button of the road type, for instance  Freeway , you will be directed to a Wiki section that discusses the road type further.

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A  Freeway  is the highest functional class of road. It is designed for higher speeds and limited to entrance and exits ramps being the only way to enter or exit this type of road.

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Any road with the Functional Class (FC) as Principal Arterial Interstate, colored blue on the FC map, will be considered a Freeway. All Interstate Roads Will be freeways aside from Business Loops and Spurs (Which instead will be a Major Highway). Also, watch for some roads that are Principal Arterial - Other or Other Freeways (colored red or orange) as they could fit the profile of a Freeway. All roads that have to be entered or exited using a ramp, where 3 or more consecutive exits occur, needs to be set as a freeway. A Freeway will end at first direct connection of a road to the highway.
  1. Freeways will usually only be named the Highway number of the most prominent highway of the section. For instance, If a highway is a State Highway connected with a US highway, then it will be named the US highway.
  2. If two of the same type connect such as a US highway and another US highway, then the road that stayed on course will be the named highway.
  3. All highway numbering will be as follows: Interstate: I-XXX, US Highway: US-XXX, Minnesota State Highway: MN-XXX, County Highway: CH-XXX. Notice that there are no spaces between the dashes. The only exception to using the Highway Number would be if there is clear signage that the freeway is known by another name.

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A  Ramp  will connect two roads together; however, it will not be used for a simple At-grade connector or in other words a road that doesn't have a different elevation level. There are some exceptions to this rule to understand.


Even veteran editors need to pay attention here! Naming of an entrance and exit ramp correctly is crucial to the users of this app when being navigated around. If the name of the entrance ramp is incorrect it will confuse the experience and may confuse the driver to take the exit absurdly or miss it all together. Please follow these rules:

  1. Only time to ever type in the word "Exit" in the ramp is when the exit is a numbered exit. The only roads that have numbered exits are exits off an Interstate with the exception of US-52.
  2. For all Numbered exits, it will start with "Exit XX:" For example, if the Exit is number 114A then you will start the exit name as "Exit 114A:" and there will always be a colon after the exit number
  3. For non-numbered exits, just start the exit as such, "to" For example, if the exit was to US Highway 169 Northbound, then the exit would be "to US-169 N"
  4. All numbered highways need to be typed as such: Interstate: I-XXX, US Highway: US-XXX, Minnesota State Highway: MN-XXX, County Highway: CH-XXX, County Road: CR-XX all with no spaces between the Highway type and the number.
  5. Include as much information in the sign as possible. For example, If the actual sign shows it will take you to County Highway 1 Eastbound and it also takes you to Riverview Rd and Old Shakopee Rd, then the ramp needs to be labeled: "to CH-1 E / Riverview Rd / Old Shakopee Rd" using the slash "/" to separate the different roads to take. Try to match the sign as close as possible.
  6. If a road splits showing arrow marking under lanes to of which to stay on to continue your course, use ramps for each side. For example: in Burnsville, a person taking I-35 N will have the decision to take I-35W N or I-35E N. The I-35W side is a numbered exit, the other side is just a guided direction to head towards I-35E N. The one side is labeled: "Exit 88A: I-35W / Minneapolis" and the other side is just labeled: "to I-35E / St. Paul". Using ramps here will guide the driver to the right side of the highway.
  7. For road splits that have 3 or more splits, usually paying attention to the one that splits first will guide you to how to set it up correctly, but it is often best to reach out for support to find the best solution based on the more complexity of an issue.

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A  Major Highway  is a primary route for traveling throughout the country, from one city to another, over long distances.

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Any road with the Functional Class (FC) as Principal Arterial - Other (Freeways), colored red or orange on the FC map, will be a Major Highway (MH) if these roads do not fit the standard definition of a Freeway. All US Highways (Such as US-169) will be labeled as a Major Highway regardless of what the FC map shows unless it can be labeled as a freeway.

  1. Naming of a major highway typically will be in the road number standard: US Highway: US-XXX, Minnesota State Highway: MN-XXX, County Highway: CH-XXX, County Road: CR-XXX; however, pay close attention to the way the signage really is in these areas.
  2. In town, these highways need to be named as the street names used for house numbering.
  3. Out of town, should be labeled the same as the street name for house numbering if looking at a 2 lane highway
  4. and the Highway number for split direction Major highways unless signage clearly indicates it is known by another name

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A  Minor Highway  is a secondary route for traveling between cities over moderately long distances.

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Any road with the Functional Class (FC) as Minor Arterial, colored as green on the FC map. will be a Minor Highway (mH). Also, all State Highways (such as MN-13) will be set at a minimum of a minor highway regardless of the current FC classification from the State of Minnesota unless it is a higher classification or could be considered a freeway.

  1. Naming of a minor highway typically will be in the road number standard: Minnesota State Highway: MN-XXX, County Highway: CH-XXX, County Road: CR-XXX; however, pay close attention to the way the signage really is in these areas.
  2. In a town or city, the naming will typically be the street name unless the name of the street is Co Hwy XX where we would change it to CH-XX
  3. Pay close attention to the name assigned for house numbering. If house numbering suggests using the wording, "State Highway XXX", we need to set an alt name as such.

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A  Primary Street  is a road used with medium-low traffic densities which are used to bring traffic from local streets to arterials and vice versa

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Any road with the Functional Class (FC) a Major or Minor Collector, County Road, County Highway, or Reservation Highway will be a Primary Street (PS) or higher. Pay attention to county road as these will have a minimum of a Primary Street. Most frontage roads will have this category as well even if the FC map shows a lower level (but reach out for clarification for the ones that are not a county road).


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A  Street  will be for any road in a town or city that doesn't fit in the categories above. In rural areas, this will be lightly used for paved roads that cannot be considered a County Road (a rarity in the rural areas). This will be named the same name used for house numbering.

Quick reference chart

Refer to this chart to determine the road type of a given paved public road based on the functional class.

To use this chart, first determine the functional class of a road, and whether it is a signed, numbered highway in a particular highway system.

Where the column for the road's highway system and the row for the road's functional class meet, you will find the proper road type for that particular road.

A number of examples are given below the chart.

Always consult an Area or State Manager if you are unsure of what class to give a road.

Highway Systems
Interstate Interstate Business Loop/Spur US Hwy (incl. some special routes) US Hwy BUS, SPUR, LOOP State Hwy (incl. some special routes) State Hwy BUS, SPUR[a], LOOP County Routes Locally-maintained
example I-35 N I-94 Business US-61 US-2 Business MN-23 MN-371 Business CR-15 Robertson St

Interstate[b]  Fw  n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Other Freeways & Expressways[c] n/a  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Major  n/a
Other Principal Arterial[e] n/a  Major   Major   Major   Major   Major   Major   Major 
Minor Arterial[f] n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   Minor   Minor   Minor 
Major Collector n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   PS   PS   PS 
Minor Collector n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   PS   PS   PS 
Local/not mapped n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   PS   PS   Street 

^a When a state highway "SPUR" route is used to connect a state highway with another state highway, a US highway, or an Interstate (i.e., when it is used as a connector/CONN route), use the first state highway column.

^b Also known as Principal Arterial - Interstate.

^c Also known as Principal Arterial - Freeway.

^d Also known as Principal Arterial - Expressway.

^e Also known as Principal Arterial.

^f Also known as Other Arterial.

^g Could also be  Major Highway 

For example,

  • An Interstate Business Loop classified as a Minor Arterial is a  Major Highway .
  • A US Highway classified as a Minor Arterial is a  Major Highway .
  • A US Highway Spur route classified as a Minor Arterial is a  Minor Highway .
  • A State Highway classified as an Other Freeway is a  Freeway .
  • A State Highway classified as a Collector is a  Minor Highway .
  • A County Route classified as a Minor Arterial is a  Minor Highway .
  • A County Route classified as a Collector is a  Primary Street 
  • A locally-maintained road classified as an Other Principal Arterial is a  Major Highway .
  • A locally-maintained road classified as a Collector is a  Primary Street .

 Fw   Freeway 
 Major   Major Highway 
 Minor   Minor Highway 
 PS   Primary Street 
 Street   Street 

Locking standard

In Minnesota, we observe a minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank listed in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (construction, confusing design, frequent mistakes, image inaccuracies, etc.), but should not be locked lower.

Minnesota Minimum Locking Ranks
Segment Type Rank
 Freeway  4
 Ramp  4
 Major Highway  3
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  2
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2
All Others 1

Although common practice is to limit editing freeways to rank 5 or higher, we have determined that the experience required to reach editing rank 4 is sufficient to gain the privilege of editing freeway segments.

Note: Before locking these roads to these standards, you must verify that the name of the road, direction of the road, and turn functionality is correct. If this information is not correct, it should not be locked unless we are having issues with editors in the area. The only exception here is Freeways due to the routing priority. Refer to Unlock Requests if you need a section of road altered or unlocked to correct an issue.

Special roads

Drivable roads

Minnesota 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.

Ramsey County Lettered Roads

The Ramsey County lettered roads are a special situation. They do not get abbreviated with the letter. For example County J should not be named CR-J or CH-J.

These roads have a long history. They were laid out by Ramsey County on unincorporated land north of St Paul before most of the cities we know today were created. See a historical 1931 map here. As cities incorporated land, many of them kept these names even though they were no longer county owned and maintained roads. As far as Ramsey County is concerned, if it is a county owned road, it will have a #. For example County J is Ramsey County 1. All the official blue 5-sided Ramsey county sign's only have the numbered routes. Nowhere is there a letter on a blue shield sign (in Ramsey County). So that's why we don't abbreviate them. CR- should eventually make the white county sign, and CH- should eventually make the blue county sign, The lettered roads never appear on a blue or white sign, so they do not get the CR- or CH- abbreviation. Also some of these are not even county owned roads so they don't get upgraded to primary street by default either. For example, Count D at this link is a city road maintained by the cities of Roseville and Shoreview who have decided to leave the road named as County Rd D. It is not a Ramsey County owned or maintained road and has no white or blue county highway signs. So it is named "County D" to match the street signs and is classed as a street classification. It is not upgraded to a primary street because it is not a real "County Road."

One bit of trivia since it is often asked, where are the missing letters? County A was where Larpenter Ave is today and County G was where Highway 96 is today.

Other drivable roads

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Minnesota has different interpretations of Dirt Roads than many other locations. Even veteran editors need to pay attention to this section!

In the state of Minnesota, most unpaved roads are considered dirt roads. Knowing this will help you create the correct road levels. Undrivable roads should not be mapped, should be restricted, or should be listed as a trail instead and not be connected to any functional roads. Even though 4x4 is in the title, we will only use dirt roads for standard gravel or dirt roads that most vehicles can drive on. Keep in mind that because of the way Waze handles dirt roads, we will not use the dirt road class in the city limits of any town. Any in-town gravel roads will be streets.

Because most likely people in Minnesota feel a gravel road is a dirt road, we will use Dirt Road for both examples. Please be aware of any of these dirt roads that are minimum maintenance roads as these roads should have restrictions in place for winter months.


The reason the dirt roads classification is important is because a user can decide to not be sent on dirt roads or to only be sent on dirt roads for short distances in the settings of the Waze App.

Keep in mind that if the person does allow for dirt roads, Waze will treat the road as a Primary Street so do not try to make an exception to well maintained dirt roads as a street or you will cause the driver to be directed on undesirable roads. Yes, that's right, a dirt road can be seen as a higher priority than a street! This is very important in rural areas where the Street Category should only be used on very short road segments that are paved. In towns, the Dirt Road Category should be rarely used and an unpaved road should be considered a street or a private road.

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Parking lots roads are essential to navigating users to the proper destinations. It also helps to properly exit a parking lot. Follow these examples to creating parking lots correctly. Click the image to the right to see a well-designed parking lot section.

  • Simple is best. Do not map every lane
  • Map the main entrances from the roads outside the parking lot
  • Map lanes that run along storefronts
  • Map lanes that run along main roads outside the parking area
  • Map primary lanes that serve to get people from one area of the lot to another

For for information about mapping parking lots, follow this article

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Private Roads should follow the Wiki Example on Private Roads. Please be very limited on using this for driveways as, for the most part, these should not be mapped at all.

Keep in mind that on the Waze App, a private road will look like a street. Nothing looks more off than a bunch of streets connected to a dirt road.

If you are adding a private road for a private housing section, make sure house numbering is correct or there is a place point or area within a private road section. This area will still be able to be navigated to the correct destination as long as it has a proper address to navigate to. Pay attention to this article for more information.

In the case of very long driveways, it may helpful to a driver to see the driveway mapped on the client app or even necessary for Waze to determine how to reach the destination. In those cases it may be prudent to add a road. See the article on Driveways for more information.

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Avoid drawing alleyways unless it is considered a street by the general public. Most alleyways should not be used to direct traffic and will cause unneeded nodes in the road that can cause roads connected to the alleyways to be less desirable. Most alleyways that would be mapped will use the Private Road classification.


This is a good example of where alleyways will be mapped. This is in South Minneapolis at the corner of Xerxes Ave S and W 56th St. It is also the location of Pizzeria Lola. The parking at this location is on the side of the Cavé Vin building. It is a one-directional section and the only way to leave is through an alleyway. In this case, you would create the section as a Private Road and you only map out what is needed to enter the parking lot and exit; however, you would not need to map any other section of that alleyway.

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Minnesota has been adding roundabouts in many locations throughout the state. It is important to note that most roundabouts should only have three to four connections or it will sound confusing to a driver. Following this Example will give proper turn information and roundabout icons on the screen. If you would use multiple-point access, it instead will say the exit number such as, "At the Roundabout, take the 3rd exit".


This is an indication of what a user of Waze should see on an upcoming Roundabout. It is clear at showing the direction of the turn. It also will verbally say what is referenced on the signage such as "At the Roundabout, Continue Straight" or "turn left". This is the Minnesota Standard for creating and editing Roundabouts.


This is how it looks when more than four exit points occur. It does not give clear guidance to the driver on what way to go aside from the highlighted road ahead. This should be avoided, Only add multiple connections per side if the signs clearly mark Exit numbers (Commonly seen on signs showing 5 or more exit points).

Roundabouts will use the same functional class of the main route traveling through the roundabout. Follow This Article for more information.

If at all possible, drive through a roundabout after it has been created or updated. Verify that it seems to give correct information.

HOT & Hov Roads/Lanes

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High Occupancy Toll or High-occupancy Vehicle roads are not yet handled 100% by Waze as of yet, but we will still map these out to prepare for that time.

These roadways have the following features:

  • These lanes/roads allow both toll traffic and HOV traffic to traverse the same lanes.
  • There are no toll plazas or booths for paying by cash. All tolls are paid electronically to maintain traffic speed.
  • Entrances and exits to the HOT lanes are limited to help maintain high speeds.
  • There are no entrance/exit combinations where the toll fare rules don't apply.
  • Tolls are discounted or waived for users that meet High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) requirements. These requirements may change based on time of day.

To avoid traffic from entering this section, all entrance ramps will be will be restricted as in this article. From there, nothing will be restricted so if a user decides to take this route, he or she will be directed correctly.

This will all be changing shortly as we find a better way to develop these roads.

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When a road or lane is designated for bus or cab use only, mark that road segment(s) as a Private Road to prevent the Waze router from using that segment(s) for general traffic, since the majority of the users will not be able to use that lane. It is also advisable to set the turn restrictions to prevent turns into that segment(s), but permit turns exiting the segment.

If a road is one-way but allows bus or cab traffic to flow the other direction, leave the road as one-way with the normal flow of traffic. There is no need to create a second road traveling the opposite direction for the bus and cab-only traffic.

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"Emergency and Authorized Vehicles Only" and DOT Service Roads are to be treated as Non-drivable roads. These are found primarily through the median of divided highways to connect opposite direction lanes. In most cases, these should not be mapped at all. If mapped, they should not be connected to any drivable road, with properties set to road type Private Road, and lock the segment at as high a rank as possible, up to rank 5.

Non-drivable roads

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Railroads are not yet added to the map, but these can be added to prepare the maps for when it is. Mapping the tracks allows Waze to recognize spurious speed data from people Wazing on the train and prevent it from corrupting speed data for the adjacent road.

Please notice that railroads have changed from previous interpretations of railroad mapping. Even veteran editors need to pay attention to this section!

  • Elevation will be set to the same elevation standards as a drivable road. When tracks junction a road on the ground, the Elevation should be set to Ground.
  • If the railroad crosses a segment of road, it should be connected to the road to so the historical data for the rail crossing will be more accurate.
  • Always select "None" for the city name. This avoids city smudging.
  • Set railroad to 2-way directionality and Restrict turns to and from the railroad segments.
  • Follow the Federal DOT Railroad GIS to verify the owner of the rail line to help on naming of the segment. Use the acronyms under RROWNER1 to help on naming.
  • Name each segment using the rail owner name acronyms or abbreviations railroad. For example, Twin Cities & Western Railroad uses TCWR. We would name this section TCW Railroad. We leave off the R in the acronym because it would be redundant to say, Twin Cities & Western Railroad Railroad.
  • Canadian Pacific uses the acronym CPRS, but it is more know as CP, so it will be called CP Railroad
  • Do not map every piece of parallel track, such as in sidings or yards, or industrial spurs that don't cross any roads. Your work may otherwise be seen as clutter, much like mapping every parking lot row.
  • Lock all railroads to a Level 2
  • Keep segment lengths under 10,000 meters (32,808 Ft) – the longer the segment length, the more sluggish the editor is to respond to changes.
  • Read this section for more information about railroads.

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We will map all airports runways such:

  • These roads will not connect to any drivable sections
  • The runways will not be connected to each other
  • Always select "None" for the city name. This avoids city smudging.
  • Using this article we will find the airport code. We will use the IATA code unless the airport does not have one, then we will revert to the ICAO code.
  • After finding the code, we will use this to find the runway numbers for the airport.
  • Most of the time, you will see the number of the runway at the beginning and end of each runway from the aerial views.
  • Name each runway as such: [Airport Code] Runway [x-x] ... for example, in the image to the right, you will see the runways for Albert Lea Municipal Airport. The IATA code for this airport is AEL and it has two runways including Runway 5/23 & Runway 17/35 so one will be named "AEL Runway 5-23" and the other AEL Runway 17-35".

Please follow this Wiki article on Runways for information about how to set runways correctly. These roads should be locked to the same standard as Airport Area itself.

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The Ferry Road type is not to be used at this time. Do not use the Ferry Road type for any purpose. See ferries page for more information on how to map ferries.

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Because Waze currently only supports navigation for drivers and not walkers or bikers at all, we will not be drawing any of these types of roads. Please delete any of these types of roads that you find. If you find automatically set URs claiming a road is indicated to be be present, Please fill out the form located Here and choose Second Set of Eyes so a high level editor can check out the situation.

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Because Waze currently only supports navigation for drivers and not walkers or bikers at all, we will not be drawing any of these types of roads. Please delete any of these types of roads that you find. If you find automatically set URs claiming a road is indicated to be be present, Please fill out the form located Here and choose Second Set of Eyes so a high level editor can check out the situation.

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Stairways will not be added to Waze maps in Minnesota at all. Please delete any of these sections that you find added to the map


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.

When an event occurs that causes a road to be closed, it is important to know that we have a closure system in place to properly close the road and return the road to normal when the closure is over. There is no need to take the closure into your own hands using restrictions.

Closure or Restictions?

There will be times we will use restrictions to a road being set for closure. If the road has a Scheduled Restriction that occurs like clockwork restricting access during certain times of the day or months of the year, it would be a restriction. You can also set Turn Restrictions for turns that need to be restricted certain times of the day. These are all restrictions because they are standard road limitations that occur on a regular basis.

On the flip side, if the road is being closed due to an event such as construction, a parade, or a natural disaster, we need to create a Closure. Keep reading to see if what you have needs to have a closure in place.

When is a closure required?

This is really dependent on a few simple requirements. First of all, does it require a direction of traffic to be impacted at all? This is important because an actual lane of traffic closed does not necessarily mean a closure is needed if traffic still goes the direction(s) it would normally travel; however, this still could be important if access from the side of the road that is closed is restricted (such as exit ramps and connecting streets). One thing to consider is that a divided highway, in most cases, needs no closures if it affects one of the sides of the highway and all traffic is moved to the other lane unless there is a significant split in the road. In a lot of cases, nothing will need to be altered to make this work.

Bottom line: if the closure will restrict access to a certain direction of the road, restrict access to the road completely, or has a limited connection to a closed road it will require a closure.


In Minnesota, there is not a single location to find all road closing; however, we have included a series of links to multiple city, county, and state resources. These Tools will help find any upcoming closures throughout Minnesota. Also, check our Current Closures to see if an anticipated closure is already being recognized.

Report a Closure

Is there an upcoming closure that is not listed, is Waze is trying to drive you through roads that should be closed, or do we have a closure set for a road that is now open? Let us know so we can add it to the system -- Report Closures

Update Requests

An Update Request (UR) is a Map Issue reported by a user from the Waze client app. It is also a layer in the Map Editor. See update requests for more information.

In Minnesota, we have adopted a 1/6/15 system for response to Update Requests. We use this system based on the colors the UR icon would be based on the Interface Elements.

Day 1

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A yellow Update Request (UR) has been open for 0-5 days. This is the first day the editor responds. We typically want to answer a report within 24 hours, but this should be at least attempted within the first 3 days.

The first thing to do is to look at the UR and try to figure out the issue that happened. It is imperative to look at everything before ultimately deciding that you don't get it. If you click on More Information you can look at the Waze provided route and what the user took to determine this issues. Check the area roads for any restrictions, incorrect elevation, incorrect street names, bad geometry, etc.

If you can figure out the issue, Fix it or submit an unlock request!


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""Thank you for reporting the [general error] through the Waze app. The issue has been corrected in the system and will be updated on the map within the next few days. If you are still having issues, please go to the Waze App, then go to Settings / Advanced Settings / Data Transfer and then Refresh Area of My Map to see if that improves anything.""

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""Thank you for reporting the [general error] through the Waze app. A request has been made to fix the issues. This should be resolved within the next week or two. If you still are having issues after 2 weeks, please go to the Waze App, then go to Settings / Advanced Settings / Data Transfer and then Refresh Area of My Map to see if that improves anything.""

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Sometimes the UR will give such vague information that there is no way to tell at all what causes the error at all. The best thing to do here is to request more information from the user and follow the 6 and 15-day example from there.


Error creating thumbnail: Unable to save thumbnail to destination

""Thank you for reporting a [general error] through the Waze app. The report was not clear on what exactly happened at [this location]. Could you please explain the issue that occurred further?""

Day 6

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An orange update request has been open for 6-14 days. If the reporter has not commented after 6 (to 10) days of this initial comment a message should be sent reminding the reporter that we need more information about the problem they encountered.


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"We apologize that we have not heard back from you to explain the issue further. We will need a response to fix the issue further. This ticket will be closed in 9 days if no response occurs."

Day 15

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A red update request has been open for 15 days or longer. If the reporter still has not commented after 9 more days (15 days since the initial comment) a message should be sent telling the reported that we were unable to fix the problem and this report is being closed. The Update Request then needs to be closed as Not Identified.


Error creating thumbnail: Unable to save thumbnail to destination

"We apologize that we still have not heard back from you about the issue. We have not found the issue and it could be that your map is giving you incorrect information. Please go to the Waze App, then go to Settings / Advanced Settings / Data Transfer and then Refresh Area of My Map to see if that improves anything. Due to no response, we are closing this ticket. You can submit another report if the issue is still present"

Rural Areas

While we would like to have every inch of Minnesota covered with a network of editors, we are not currently at that level of community involvement. The 1/6/15 rule has been set as the standard for areas with Area Managers and active editors; However, in many areas, there is very little editor coverage. That being said, use good judgment in these areas as there may be Update Requests that are greater than 30 or even 60 days old. There is no penalty or negative perception to answering these, quite the opposite. Please, still take the time to send the reporter a message to see if they can remember the issue and allow them additional time to provide more information. In these areas, we will follow a 1/15/30 rule. Day 1 is the first day an editor responds. Day 15 is the warning message stating the issue will be closing in 15 days. Day 30 to close out the ticket.


"Thank you for your report! I apologize for the late response, we are volunteer editors and in some areas there are not many of us. You reported a General Error near [this location] in [City], Minnesota way back on 9 Dec 14. Do you remember what issue you encountered?"

Unlock Requests

Sometimes, you will come to an issue with a road, but you do not have a sufficient lock level to fix the situation. Click here if you need to setup an unlock request. Please pay attention to the top of this forum where it will give clear instructions on how to create an unlock request.

If you want to check to see if there are any Unlock Requests that you can handle, Click Here to check all open reports for Minnesota. Anything showing the green check mark means it has been completed.


Minnesota 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.

Locking Standard

Do Not Lock a place if the following is not true:

Places should be completed as fully as possible any time they are created or updated. At a minimum, editors should:

  • Verify correct spelling of the name, using the guidelines below
  • Complete the address, to help when choosing among search results in the app, and
  • Ensure the correct location of the Point or Stop Point, to guide drivers to the correct location. Note that this may not always be on the street side of the location.

Phone numbers and opening hours are also particularly helpful to Wazers. Complete them whenever possible, using an online search, if necessary. Photos should help Wazers recognize the destination when they arrive.

Commercial Service – Primary Airports 5
Military Airports 5
Reliever Airports 4
General Aviation Airports 3
Other Public-Use Airports 3
Hospitals / Urgent Care / Police & Fire Dept 4
National & State Parks and Monuments 4
Major Shopping Centers 4
Gas Stations / Charging Stations 3
Schools / Universities / Colleges 3
Government Buildings / Consulates 3
City Parks 3
All Places that have complete information (to include, at a minimum, address/city, hours of operation, phone number) are to be locked at Level 3. This is to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of Place Update submissions from Trusted Users, or Place Update Request approvals from other editors without careful examination.
If you do not have a high enough enough rank to lock the place as indicated, please lock it as high as you can, and notify a higher rank AM, SM, CM, or Champ to lock it higher.


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 Minnesota.

As of February 2013, Minnesota legislature has not approved the use of red-light or speed cameras anywhere in the state. These camera types should not be mapped in Waze. Please delete any of these cameras that get posted to the map!

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.

Current/upcoming editing tasks and projects for Minnesota

Priority Task Name Assigned To Latest Update
1 High Update all roads to appropriate Functional Classifications DallasGrant and all AMs DallasGrant has been editing around the state fixing this
1 High Ensure all Roads are named correctly DallasGrant and all AMs DallasGrant has completed this in Nicollet, Blue Earth, & Le Sueur Counties
1 Medium Ensure all House numbering is correct DallasGrant and all AMs DallasGrant has finished approximately 75% of Blue Earth county
1 High Ensure all interstate highways are routing correctly and locked DallasGrant and all Level5 N/A
1 High Use Validator to verify no issues with roads DallasGrant and all AMs N/A
2 Medium Establish Area Managers for the 17 cities with a population of 50,000 or more DallasGrant DallasGrant has AMs covering all these cities, but he still needs AMs for Owatonna, Albert Lea, Saint Cloud, the Iron Range, Brainerd, and Morehead

MN Highway Cleanup

Check Minnesota highways for; current naming standard, proper alt names, minor highway or higher road type, and lock per MN standards See MN Highway List

Area Managers

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

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

Minnesota — Area, State and Country Managers
Regional Coordinator(s): the1who (PM) and bretmcvey (PM)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Plains region)
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bretmcvey(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Statewide Badge CountryManager.png
OscarC(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Statewide Badge CountryManager.png
State Managers (Plains region)
DallasGrant(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Statewide
Karrows(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Statewide
psubrian(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Statewide Also AM in Alaska
Area Managers
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AVdriver(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Winona, Alexandria, Brainerd, Winnebago City vicinity, Helen, Young America, SXSW Twin Cities metro
Sdtahoe(5) [PM] Profile L5.png SW Minnesota Also South Dakota State Manager
GadgetJ(4) [PM] Profile L4.png NW Metro NW corner and up to St Cloud
GeoApophis(4) [PM] Profile L4.png West Metro Also North Dakota State Manager
tango259(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Twin Cities Also AM for Menomonie, WI and LAM for Southeast, WI
toolmanzwief(4) [PM] Profile L4.png SE Minnesota
aydx0001(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Roseville
JacobTeske(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Twin Cities, Winona Area
Jringo91(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Minneapolis
YukonXL00(2) [PM] Profile L2.png SE Metro Area

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

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