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Information related to using Waze in the State of Rhode Island.

Cities and Towns

There are 39 Cities and Towns in the state, they are as follows.

Major Roads

See Road names/USA and Road types/USA.

Major Construction Projects

See Rhode Island/Construction for a list of LONG TERM Road Closures & Changes to Traffic Flow that impact the Waze Map.

Road types

Locking roads

In Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type Statewide
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  Highest rank of connected segments
 Major Highway  3
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  1 (Auto)
 Street  1 (Auto)
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   5
 Private Road  1 (Auto)

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.

National guidance

Non-Drivable Roads

Generally, if a road can't be driven on (e.g. Walking Trail, Pedestrian Boardwalk, Stairway, Railroad, 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 Railroads mapped in Rhode Island, these are due to users incorrectly running Waze while on the train & contributing false data to the system. This false data has been known to effect drivers on adjacent roads. These railroads are mapped in a VERY particular manner by Senior Area Managers and Country Managers to prevent Waze from routing on them.

Speed / Red Light Cameras

Speed Cameras are NOT CURRENTLY LEGAL in the State of Rhode Island. There is no such prohibition on "driver feedback signs" - a radar/laser equipped sign that measures speed and displays the speed back to the driver. These can be fixed or trailer mounted with the later being much more prevalent. These devices CAN NOT issue tickets.

Red Light Cameras are LEGAL in the State of Rhode Island. The State of Rhode Island requires that each of these cameras be proceeded by a Photo Enforcement Sign. The only current Red Light Camera program in the state is in the City of Providence with 25 Cameras covering 15 Intersections.

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 RI DOT and serve ONLY as a traffic monitoring system.

Please see the Know your Cameras section of the Waze Wiki for help in identifying the different cameras in use.

To Do List

Want to help out with the map in Rhode Island? Check out the To Do List.

Mapping Utilities


USA section of Waze Forum

Rhode Island section of Waze Forum

Area Managers

Username Area Managed Comments Forum PM
Level 6 Country Managers
AndyPoms Statewide Connecticut based USA Country Manager, covers Rhode Island as well PM
MojaveCactusMonkey Statewide NV based L-5 Country Manager. SM assistance in RI/CT PM
State Manager
GooberKing Statewide L4 RI born and bred! PM
Level 4 Area Managers
Level 3 Area Managers
Trotskyist Kent and Providence Counties Also covers Eastern CT PM
Level 2 Area Managers

If you are an Area Manager that covers the State of Rhode Island, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Rhode Island, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username).