West Virginia

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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of West Virginia. 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.

All Editors are welcome to join us in the WV All Editors hangout. By clicking the following link to join a Waze editor Google Hangout, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agree to the Waze Etiquette rules in their entirety. Click here to join.


West Virginia is a part of the Mid Atlantic region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

District of Columbia / Maryland / Virginia / West Virginia.

Despite its relatively small size, the Mountain State is home to approximately 3,100 cities, towns and small communities. To link them (and to provide an important part of the transport of the state’s abundant natural resources), there are some 36,000 miles of state-maintained highways that include 6,636 bridges (this figure does not include 238 railroad bridges, 117 city and county bridges, 99 West Virginia Turnpike bridges, 20 state park bridges, two private toll bridges and 132 other non-highway bridges).

Mapping resources


Before editing the maps in West Virginia, 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.

West Virginia Maps

West Virginia Official Highway Map


West Virginia Functional Class Map

West Virginia GIS Mapping Portal

West Virginia Federal Aid Roads

Work Zone Information



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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 West Virginia.

Area Managers for West Virginia can be found in the table below.

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

Waze West Virginia Google Hangout

We have created a Google Hangout (GHO) just for West Virginia. The GHO is where you can go to interact and chat with fellow editors along with your Area and State Managers. It will give you good insight into the best practices and policies in regard to map editing plus give an easy, convenient way for editors to stay in touch, ask questions (any questions, we all started at Rank #1 at some point), request downlocks or review of your work and get Peer-to-Peer Mentoring.

If you are editing in West Virginia please join us on the WV Editor Hangout. You can join easily with this link.

West Virginia User Report Management

Response Timeline

(NOTE: all day values are relative to the date the FIRST editor response is sent to the reporter)

Day 0

The first editor who is able to respond to a User Report (UR) should attempt to resolve the UR. If they are successful, they should comment as such in the UR and mark it "Solved". If more information from the reporter is required to make progress towards closure, a response should be sent to the reporter containing the information needed for resolution.

Day 4+

Polite reminders should be sent to reporters who have not responded to the initial at any time, provided at least four full days have elapsed since the initial response was sent

Day 8+

URs may be noted as closed due to lack of reporter response at any time, provided at least four full days have elapsed since the followup message was sent. These need to be marked as "Not Identified" and a brief comment sent.

Shared Ownership

All editors are considered to have equal ownership of and responsibility for all URs in West Virginia. All editors, regardless if they have worked the UR previously, may send any of the responses described above, provided they adhere the minimum time spacing guidance between responses. All editors are explicitly encouraged to attempt to resolve URs at any point during their lifecycle, even if others happen to be actively working it at the same time.


The ideal timeline for UR response is when responses are sent as early as the minimum required time spacing between messages permits; experience has reliably shown that UR response rates are much higher when editors are able to send responses promptly. The 4+ day followup / reminder has shown remarkable improvement in reporter responses everywhere that it has been implemented.

The script URComments streamlines the process of responding to a UR and provides comments based on the UR type and can be edited prior to sending to fit your needs.

Downlock Requests


  • Downlock (or Down-Lock): Term used to describe the process of adjusting the Segment Lock level in WME down to match the regional standards, or the Rank of an editor to allow them to edit the segment(s).
  • Uplock (or Up-Lock): Term used to describe the process of adjusting Segment Lock levels up in WME, often to its prior Segment Lock level before it was Down-Locked to match the Rank of an editor to allow them to edit the segment(s).
  • Permalink (or PL): An URL, aka a browser link, (http://...) that shows the map with the same view as the user who created the Permalink (PL). Location, zoom, layers, and selected segments will be the same. You can find the icon for the Permalink in the lower right corner of the WME screen (two chains linked together). When the mouse is hovered over the icon, press Control-C to copy the Permalink to the clipboard (or right-click it and choose copy). You can then paste the PL into the GHO, an e-mail, or forum message so others can access and view what you are seeing.

Request Format

A downlock request can made in the West Virginia Google Hangout. Be patient as Senior Editors are often in dozens of different GHOs, handling issues for dozens of fellow editors. The request, in order to set a good example for other editors and not spread bad habits to newer editors, shall be constructed as follows:

Dnlock Lx-Ly, "Location", "Reason", PL

  • Lx = Current Lock Level
  • Ly = Proposed Lock Level
  • Location = Closest City or County or other location description for where the request is being requested. Such as Morgantown, Huntington, Raleigh County, etc.
  • Reason = Whatever Reason for the request. Examples include Speed Limits (SL), Elevation, Geometry, etc.
  • PL = Permalink to the segment(s) that you need downlocked.
  • Be Patient
  • Say Please!
Formatting the Permalink (PL)

Zoom In! Selecting a PL at the widest extent (Zoom=0) will not enable the editor who may grant your request to select anything. Setting a zoom level = 3 or higher is generally effective in generating the view required for a senior editor to select the segments. If necessary, break up your PL into multiple requests. In rare cases for long stretches of roads (for setting SLs for example), you may request to give the start and finish PLs. Ask first please.

And be patient; an editor may be occupied elsewhere, helping other editors or at their place of employment.


Install WME Keep My Layers (KML) before you copy your first PL. This will automate the process of stripping the PL of unnecessary and unwanted information, resulting in a clean efficient PL. If for any reason, this script does not function as intended, follow the instructions below under "Manually" to cleanup the PL.


  1. Before copying a PL hover over the "chain link" icon and press the "Shift" key. This will eliminate the layers in your PL. This assumes you have installed WME Toolbox . Which you should.
  2. Delete all the information, starting with the "&" after the segment ID. For example, ...&segments=1234567&... Delete everything after the last number in segments. This also applies to &venues=123456789.1234567890.1234567 (for Places) and &MapUpdateRequest=1234567 (for URs)

Finished Example:

Dnlock L5-L2, Huntington, SLs, Elevation, https://www.waze.com/editor/?env=usa&lon=-82.42197&lat=38.39253&zoom=5&segments=65476746

Uplock Requests

Upon finishing your editing, create another PL with the segments needed to Uplock to the Minimum Lock Standard. Use the format Uplock Lx-Ly "PL" . This is done because the senior editor who will perform the uplock may be using a mobile device, is reviewing multiple requests, and/or is in multiple GHOs. Furthermore, if you add a junction node for a speed limit, add a PLR, or merge segments, it may/will create new segment IDs and those will not be the same as the original dnlock request.

If you have different lock levels; for example freeway (FW) at L5, ramps at L4 and Minor Highway (mh) at L3, break your uplock request into separate PLs for each lock level needed.

If for any reason the original lock level was higher than the "Minimum Lock Standard" (for example: a mH at L5 instead of the minimum level, L3), ask in the GHO if they still need to be uplocked back to that original higher level or can be set back to he minimums before you request the uplocks. Provide a quick PL so the editor can review. There are a multitude of reasons for this to occur and it's your responsibility to reset those back to the desired levels.

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.

See West Virginia/Cities and towns for guidance in West Virginia.

Major roads

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West Virginia follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

State & County Route Naming

State highways that are primarily signed at entering intersections with a State Route number like 75px-WV-2.svg.png rather than a road name should be named WV-### ("WV-2"). County roads that are primarily signed at entering intersections with County Road numbers like WVCountyMain.png or WestVirginiaCountySub.png rather than a road name should be named CR-## or CR-##/## ("CR-65" or "CR-91/1").

MAR Minimum Road Lock Standard

Minimum Road Lock Standard
Segment Type Direction Lock
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  4
 Major Highway  4
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  One-way 3
Two-way 2
 Private Road 
One-way 2
Two-way 1
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   3
 ||||||||        ||||||||        ||||||||        |||||||| Runway ||||||||        ||||||||        ||||||||        ||||||||  4
Other Named Types 5

Special roads

Drivable roads

West Virginia 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.

Walking Trails / Pedestrian Boardwalks

Pedestrian Boardwalks and Walking Trails
It is our policy that we do not map Pedestrian Boardwalks. Waze is a vehicle navigation application, and Pedestrian Boardwalks do not add to that function, since they serve no routing purposes.
Walking Trails are navigable in Waze, to a point, and may be utilized with prior approval from the State Manager.
Any Walking Trails you find that do not serve an apparent purpose (routing to boardwalk addresses along the beach, for example) should be removed from the map. If it does appear to serve a useful purpose, please bring it to the attention of State Manager for approval and lock.


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.

Construction projects or emergencies that cause roads to be closed should be reported on this Closure Form. Events that cause road closures should be reported on this Event Form. Current closures and events in West Virginia that have been reported to Waze are shown in the West Virginia Closure Sheet.

See the WVDOT Highway Projects page and the WVDOT County Work Zone portal for information regarding short and long term major construcion projects.


West Virginia 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.

The Mid Atlantic follows the national Places guidance.

To prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of submissions from "trusted users, all area places and points with complete data should be locked to Level 2 at a minimum. Additionally, please consult the following table for minimum lock level for completed places.

Place Type Minimum Lock Level
Area Places 2
Gas Stations 3
Hospital/Medical Care 4
Fire Department 4
Police Station 4
Airports 4


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 West Virginia.

Based on information researched at the time this page was created, red light and speed cameras are prohibited statewide in West Virginia.

No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.

§17C-6-7a of the West Virginia Code prohibits use of cameras to detect or prove traffic law violations.

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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers West Virginia, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in West Virginia, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for West Virginia 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.

West Virginia — Area, State and Country Managers
Regional Coordinator(s): CBenson (PM) and ply8808 (PM)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Mid Atlantic region)
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CBenson(6) [PM] Profile L6.png
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Regional Coordinator
ply8808(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Nation Wide BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge CountryManager.pngBadge GlobalChamp.pngBadge Mentor Local Champ.png
Regional Coordinator
ct13(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Nation Wide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge LocalChamp.pngBadge Mentor.png
Virginia SM
TerryPurdue(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Nationwide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
Ohio SM
xanderb(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
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Nationwide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.pngBadge MapRaider.png
State Managers (Mid Atlantic region)
stephenr1966(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
Nationwide Badge CountryManager.pngBadge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
West Virginia SM
roadtechie(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
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Area Managers
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Lord_of_Xibalba(2) [PM] Profile L2.png North Central WV WV resident editor
danofsatx(4) [PM] Profile L4.png
Ohio Valley north of Wheeling WV Native / TX Resident
gunnargsd(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
WV Northern panhandle NW Ohio Large AM
kwrigh01(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Eastern WV Live just into VA and Travel WV a lot for work
mtb2314(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Davis area Maryland native, spent a lot of time in WV. AM in MD, WV, and MA.
markr4468(4) [PM] Profile L4.png
Clarksburg/Bridgeport Large AM - NE OH / WV Native / OH Resident
jbucklee(3) [PM] Profile L3.png
Parkersburg/Western WV WV Native/DC Metro Resident/MD Heavy Traveler

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
bill473(4) [PM] Profile L4.png
I-64 mostly Lives in Indiana
Lentz2(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Eastern Panhandle AM in Virginia
Spirit_of_76(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Huntington/Big Sandy GHO: Matthew (Matt)
musicmanwins(2) [PM] Profile L2.png Charleston/Alum Creek GHO: Colton Toney
ymerejo42(2) [PM] Profile L2.png
Veedis(1) [PM] Profile L1.png Lewis/Gilmer County WV Native, OH Resident

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