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State of North Carolina Mapping Resource Page.
This page is currently serving as the main North Carolina page as well.
- 1 Forum
- 2 Cities and Towns
- 3 Roads
- 4 Places
- 5 Major Construction Projects
- 6 Speed / Red Light Cameras
- 7 To Do List
- 8 County Maps Resources - GIS Data
- 9 Area Managers
- 10 Other subpages
To discuss current issues in North Carolina please go to the North Carolina Forum.
Cities and Towns
There are 555 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 types/USA for general rules where North Carolina does not specfically differ.
North Carolina has two classes of state funded roads, Primary State Highways, and Secondary Roads (aka State Rte or Road). Please carefully observe the following naming formats for roads in these categories.
Primary State Highways
State Highways are numbers under 1000 (1-3 digits) and bear the NC diamond shield.
These roads should be named "NC-###"
- These Roads are not signed with shields. Regular green or white road signs are most commonly used to designate secondary roads.
- On green signs, the prefix "SR" should precede the road number.
- On white signs (commonly attached to stop signs), it will just have the road number. (See pictures above)
- On green signs, the prefix "SR" should precede the road number.
- These roads should be named "SR-####" Use a single hyphen and no spaces between SR and the road number.
- These names are typically used as Alternate Road names, along with Primary names which match local road signage.
- SR numbers can be found using the NCDOT Secondary Roads Database Lookup.
NOTE: North Carolina does not use County Road numbers. If found, these should be updated to the Secondary Road format
Road Function Class
See Road types/USA as a general rule.
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 (e.g. a State Highway would be at a minimum a minor highway. It could also be a major highway or freeway depending on functional class)
- - Interstates and all other roads with no at grade intersections.
- - US Highways, Interstates that have at grade intersections.
- - State Highways, US Business Highways.
- - 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 -
- Other Freeway -
- Other Principal Arterial -
- Minor Arterial -
- Major Collector -
- Minor Collector -
- Local -
Contact the Area Manager or State Manager if you feel there is an exception to these rules. 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, do not switch road types every few segments just because the functional class does (Contact the AM or SM for help).
Function Class Quick Reference Chart
Refer to this chart to determine the road type of a given paved public road based on the North Carolina 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 North Carolina functional class meet, you will find the proper road type for that particular road.
A number of examples are given below the chart.
|Interstate Business Loop/Spur||
|US Hwy BUS, SPUR, LOOP||
State Hwy (incl. some special routes)
|State Hwy BUS, SPUR[a], LOOP||Locally-maintained|
|example||I-95 N||I-95 Business||US-301||US-301 Business||NC-87||NC-87 Business||Robertson St|
|Other Principal Arterial[d]||n/a|
^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.
^e Also known as Other Arterial.
- An Interstate Business Loop classified as a Minor Arterial is a .
- A US Highway classified as a Minor Arterial is a .
- A US Highway Spur route classified as a Minor Arterial is a .
- A State Highway classified as an Other Freeway is a .
- A State Highway classified as a Collector is a .
- A locally-maintained road classified as an Other Principal Arterial is a .
- A locally-maintained road classified as a Collector is a .
Dirt (unpaved/gravel) roads
The USA Standard (matrix table) does not specify how to set unpaved road segments, so we define that here. Unpaved roads may or may not be classified in the states' functional classification system. If they are defined higher then local, set the road type according to the functional classification. If they are not, set the road type to Dirt Road / 4x4 Trail. The majority of dirt roads are not functionally classified.
| How to determine
when to set a dirt
road as type
If the user's client options are set to avoid dirt roads, they will still be routed on dirt roads functionally classified as either a Collector. This is necessary to insure beginning-to-end routing should the origin/destination be on an unpaved road however, Waze route pruning will only consider these lower-priority roads (Primary Street, Street, Dirt) near the origin/destination.
- An unpaved street identified in the NCDOT system as a Collector is a Primary Street.
- An unpaved street identified in the NCDOT system as a Local road is a Dirt.
- Any unpaved road not listed in the NCDOT system is Dirt.
Segments should be locked at a minimum lock level to match this chart.
|Segment Type||Lock Level|
|Highest lock of connected segment|
- Divided Highways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts/Traffic Circles
- Parking Lot Roads
- Private Roads - NOTE: Read up on this before using this road type. This road type can be harmful to routing if used incorrectly.
- Toll Roads - NOTE: There is currently one tollway in the State of North Carolina.
- Railroads - NOTICE: New guidelines as of October 24, 2014.
- Ferry - Contact the State Manager before using this road type.
Generally, if a road can't be driven on (i.e. Walking Trail, Pedestrian Boardwalk, Stairway, 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-Drivable" road types. Please note there are several Walking Trails mapped in North Carolina and these Walking Trails are mapped in a VERY particular manner by Senior Area Managers, State Manager or Country Managers to prevent Waze from routing on them.
Contact the Area Manager or State Manager before mapping any Non-Drivable Roads.
Please follow general worldwide guidelines for mapping Places.
Please do not forget that a recent update to WME has enabled the Address properties for Places (City, State & Country) and ensure this information is filled out & correct to the best extent possible.
Gas Stations should be locked to Level 3 once their information is correct.
Schools should be locked to Level 3 once their information is correct.
Major Construction Projects
See Road Closures in North Carolina for a list of currently edited Road Closures. Only map road closures that are in progress.
A good source for construction information is the NC Traveler Information Management System (TIMS)
A good source for construction information in the Fayetteville area is Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO).
Citywide construction/road closure pages:
Asheville City of Asheville road closure page
Charlotte City of Charlotte road closure page
Greensboro City of Greensboro road closure page
Winston-Salem City of Winston-Salem road closure page
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.
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.
To Do List
County Maps Resources - GIS Data
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|Area Managed||Comments||Forum PM|
|Level 5 & 6 Country Managers (North Carolina Based)|
|Level 5 State Managers|
|s18slider||Statewide||Primary editor for the I-295 project in Fayetteville||PM|
|Level 3 & 4 Area Managers|
|admclamb||Southeastern NC||Wilmington Area||PM|
|Confedyank||Burlington||NC Places Perfectionist||PM|
|grsmhiker||Great Smoky Mountains NP||Primarily TN, area extends into Graham, Swain, Haywood Counties||PM|
|MBBSpeedy||Triangle and Central NC||NC FC Specialist||PM|
|mrcabal||SE Raleigh||Expanding to cover Raleigh/RTP to Greenville||PM|
|nolay2011||Jacksonville / Camp Lejeune|
|ReallyStillDriving||Charlotte Metro Area||PM|
|rgatland||Winston-Salem / Burlington||PM|
|yippeekyaa||Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Stokes, Rockingham and Surry counties||PM|
If you are an Area Manager for part 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).