From Wazeopedia

Information related to using Waze in the State of Virginia.

See also the Virginia Forum for more information.

Cities and towns

There are 38 independent cities and 95 counties in the state. Proper naming information is still under discussion due to the highly urban nature of parts of northern Virginia - see forum topic What to put in city field, and how to determine?.

Road type guidance

For further information, see Road names/USA, Road types/USA and Virginia/Mapping resources.

In Virginia, outside cities and major towns (and a couple of urban counties), nearly every road and street is designated as a "state highway" and assigned a number for VDOT inventory purposes. However, for Waze routing, we only treat primary state highways as "numbered state highways" for purposes of applying the road type guidelines. Highways marked with primary route numbers must be designated as at least "Minor Highway" in Waze, unless the road's functional classification requires a higher designation. For Virginia secondary highways, rely on the road's functional classification only.

Primary state highways have numbers in the range of 2 to 599 (and, as an exception, 895), displayed in a route marker using a shield design. All other numbers from 600 up are secondary highways; if these roads have route markers (many do not), they use a circle design instead of a shield. See [1] for more info.


Landmarks in Virginia should follow the guidelines from the state of Connecticut until the national standards are complete. Detailed guidance can be found on the page Connecticut/Landmarks.

Major construction projects

See the Virginia forum for a list of long term road closures and changes to traffic flow that impact the Waze Map.

The Virginia Department of Transportation maintains a projects page that contains information about ongoing and planned projects throughout Virginia. There is also the Virginia Megaprojects page which concerns itself with the major construction occurring in the Northern Virginia / Metro DC area.

Special roads


  • Alleys should always be mapped if they have a name.
  • Alleys should always be mapped if they are the sole access to a home or business.
  • Alleys should always be set to "Private"
  • Alleys are normally mapped if they are acknowledged by the municipality.

If an alley does not meet the above criteria, mapping is optional. Leave the name field blank.

Non-drivable roads

Generally, if a path can't be driven on (e.g. Walking Trail, Pedestrian Boardwalk, Stairway, Railroad, Runway/Taxiway) then it not normally mapped. If it is mapped, it should not be connected to any roads. This is due to the way the routing engine works, as Waze will route users to drive on these "Non-Drivable" road types.

It is permitted to map Railroads since some users run Waze while on the train and contributing false data to the system. This false data has been known to effect drivers on adjacent roads. Railroads should be level -5 and locked at the highest level of the editor.

Time restricted turns

There is beta testing for setting Time Based Restricted turns in WME. Watch for announcements in the forum on this feature.

Speed / red light cameras

Speed cameras are illegal in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Red light cameras are legal, but the number of them is regulated by State law.

Speed cameras

There are no speed enforcement cameras anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virgina.

Red light cameras

Under Construction ...

Other camera types

These are cameras or signs that either provide driver feedback or are used for traffic control. These devices CAN NOT issue tickets and should not be mapped.

How to Identify Cameras.

To do list

Want to help out with the map in Virginia? Check out the To Do List. (May be out of date.)

Mapping resources

Virginia mapping resources provides information on road type classification, as well as links to many local GIS sites.


USA section of Waze Forum

Virginia section of Waze Forum

Area Managers

This table is under current development - If you are an Area Manager that covers the State of Virginia, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Virginia, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username).

Username Area Managed Comments Forum PM
Level 6 Country Managers
CBenson MidAtlantic Region Coordinator

Level 5 Country Managers (Virginia Based)
Mike-1323 Northern VA State Manager PM
Level 5 Area Managers (not Country Managers)
russblau Northern VA (Alexandria/Arlington/Fairfax County area) PM
Level 4 Area Managers
j2brown Northern VA Mostly the Sterling area PM
ct13 Rockingham County Shenandoah Valley PM
Level 3 Area Managers
kwrigh01 Western Highlands Alleghany, Bath, Craig and Highland Counties PM
Poncewattle Luray, Page County Northern Shenandoah Valley PM
SeZAKxing Charlottesville
to Fork Union
Triage685 Goochland County PM
stephenr1966 Hampton Roads South PM