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Road Classification Guide

See Road names/USA, Road types/USA

Most of the state's roads are typed according to WSDOT functional classification. Most of the state road types are set to WSDOT's map. Of course, there are always exceptions, so the Functional Class map isn't biblical truth, but if we map the roads according to WSDOT's FC map the routing choices will be a lot better!

If you want to know more about the Federal Functional Classification check the Functional Classification article.

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 "Parking Lot Road"
    • Some alleys mapped be for these guidelines are mapped as "Private Road". It is okay to change these to "Parking Lot Road".
  • 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 is not 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 passenger Railroads (e.g., Amtrak, Sounder, Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad) because some users run Waze while on the train and contribute 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.


See the Driveways article for more details.

  • Driveways are always marked as private road
  • Driveways are mapped if they are 50m (164 feet or about half a football field) or longer Example
  • Driveways are mapped if they are close but not connected to adjacent street Example
  • Driveways are mapped if they are serving two or more addresses Example

Dead End Segments

Dead ends should all have nodes on the dead end side of the segment. It was possible in older versions of WME to add a road with a dead end and no node. If dead end segment does not have a node move it a tiny bit and WME will automatically add a node.

Please note that dead end should not have U-Turn allowed. Please make sure U-Turns on the dead end are Not Allowed.

Time Restricted Turns

Washington follows the general recommendations for Time Restricted Turns.

Forest Service Roads

Forest Service Roads should be built according to Forest Service Roads.

Based on the conditions and climate of Washington, Usually the main FSR is marked Primary Street. (Example: FS-2800) Usually the Spurs of the Main FSR is Street. (Example: FS-2875) Usually the Spurs of the Spurs are Dirt Road / 4x4 Trail (Example: FS-2875050, FS-2875053)

See To Do Washington for Washington FSR mapping updates.

Speed / Red Light Cameras

Both Speed and Red Light Cameras are legal some counties in the State of Washington.

currently only illegal in Whatcom County

Please see:

Speed Cameras

Normally placed in school zones and should be Placed adjacent to the actual location of camera over the Road, use street view.

Some cities like Seattle have a speed van. These vans are equipped with a speed camera and they park outside schools and write tickets. Vans like this are not mapped as speed camera. They are to be reported in the app as police.

Red Light Cameras

Placed over the road at the stop line.


These are typically mapped in Washington. but some editors choose not too. Example Permalink

To Do List

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

Mapping Resources



Landmarks in Washington should follow the national guidelines US Places.

Area Managers

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

Washington — Area, State and Country Managers
Regional Coordinator(s): AlanOfTheBerg (PM)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Northwest region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
State Managers (Northwest region)
nhanway(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Washington Badge StateManager.png
Live in Ellensburg
Area Managers
DCinSEA(?) [PM] Profile L2.png Seattle Badge AreaManager.png
dude463(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Federal Way / Tacoma Badge AreaManager.png
Pierce County AM
Tlauricella(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Tacoma / Lakewood / Steilacoom / Fife / Fox Island / University Place Badge AreaManager.png
Frequent PNW geocaching road trips
Nidnarb(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Burlington / Mount Vernon / Sedro-Wooley / Clear Lake / Big lake Badge AreaManager.png
Greenstreetm(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Bellingham Badge AreaManager.png
serega_12(3) [PM] Profile L3.png I-5 Corridor / Clark County / Lewis County / Kelso / St. Helens Badge AreaManager.png
PDX to Longview, WA
Swells73(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Bellevue / Sammamish / Mercer Island / Issequa / Fall City / Kirkland / Redmond / Woodinville / Kenmore / Bothell Badge AreaManager.png