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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Delaware. 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.

Delaware editors use Discord for fast communication, guidance, and mentorship. Use of Discordt will provide you with quick access to senior editors, unlocks, and help with editing. Please send a PM to Poncewattle to be invited into the group. Discord can be accessed via a web browser, desktop app, or as an app for your smartphone.


Delaware is a part of the Northeast region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Delaware / New Jersey / New York / Pennsylvania.

Mapping resources


Before editing the maps in Delaware, 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.

Here are some examples of resources that we cannot use because of copyright restrictions. See Using external sources for a general discussion of the problem. You can contact the copyright holders, representing no-one but yourself, and asking them to create a copyright/license notice that would allow anyone to freely use the information without attribution. The Waze team is working to come up with an allowed list of online mapping resources.

Maps/street names/addresses in Delaware:

Note: Sussex County map overlaps some surrounding areas, so it can be used for southern Kent County in some cases, since the Kent County map site is difficult to use.


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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 Delaware.

Area Managers for Delaware can be found in the table below.

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

New Delaware editors are welcome. We need you. Please review the New Editors Guide and contact other editors in chat before editing. Please feel free to reach out to other Delaware editors listed below for assistance if needed, either in chat or "PM" (private message) on the forums.

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.

Some states and territories manage a separate page on cities and towns to identify the specific city names that should be entered, and no others. For states that do not have a separate page to track the names, see this Wikipedia link and find the state or territory in question.

Major roads

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Delaware follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

  • Delaware uses SR-## for all state routes (e.g. SR-58)
  • If the primary name is a street name and the road also has a US or state route (SR), add it to the alt name (e.g. Primary Name: Capitol Trl, Alternate Name1: SR-2, Alternate Name2: Kirkwood Hwy). If a divided road, also add the cardinal direction to the alt name. e.g. "SR-7 N" on the northbound side and "SR-7 S" on the southbound side. When using alt names, be sure to be consistent and avoid gaps in naming, as this can cause routing issues with detour prevention. If the road switches back and forth between divided and two-way you should add a simple SR-## Alt Name for the entire length as well to avoid detour prevention.
  • Generally, regarding state route numbers, even numbers run east-west and odd numbers run north-south
  • Some Delaware routes are continuations from other neighboring state routes. e.g., SR-273, SR-896, SR-299.

Locking standard

In Delaware 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.

Delaware 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)
 Private Road  1 (Auto)
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   5
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2

Note: Do Not Mass Edit just to update locks to these standards, these can be adjusted as you find them 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.

Speed Limits

Delaware follows the national guideline for speed limits, with a few exceptions listed below.

Delaware guidelines

  • When a speed limit changes at an intersection, the sign for the new speed zone can be found up to 200 feet after the intersection. Map the change at the junction if signs immediately after the junction on each side are different speed limits.
  • If the speed limit changes more than 200 feet from the intersection, add a junction at the sign and make the speed limit change there.
  • If opposing speed limit signs are opposite each other, attempt to make the change as close as possible to the actual speed limit signs but do not create a new segment if within 200 feet of a junction. When adding changing speed limits, choose the junction that is on the higher speed limit side. Basically if the change is going to happen slightly early or late, best to have a lower speed limit come earlier and a higher speed limit come later.
  • Long term work zone speed limits may be mapped instead of the "ordinary time" speed limits. If placing a work zone limit, use Livemap to place a UR there, note that it is a temporary speed limit, and add [CONSTRUCTION] somewhere in the comment.
  • If no speed limit sign is posted, the default speed limits in Delaware are
    • Residential or business district: 25 MPH
    • Two lane road: 50 MPH
    • Divided highway: 55 MPH

Town Speed Limits

Do not assume every housing development is 25 MPH. Some localities have lower limits. Below is a list of some of them:

Special notes

Delaware (especially NCCo) is really bad about signing speed limits on many roads. So even though the law says an unsigned road is above values, outside or rural areas of the state, that is probably not the case. May need to infer some speed limits based on signage pretty far down the highway.

Summary of National Guidelines

  • Only map speeds found on regulatory white rectangular signs with black lettering.
  • Do not map advisory speed limits (generally an orange or amber rectangular sign with black lettering).
  • Where there are variable speed limits, map only the speed limit which is in effect most of the time during daylight hours (most hours of the day, days of the week).
  • Do not map special speed limits for special vehicles. Waze only supports speed limits for private passenger cars.
Link to Delaware speed limit laws


Delaware uses a real elevation method to set road elevations. This method sometimes requires the use of extra segments. This has the benefit of an enhanced look in the Live Map, and, more importantly, makes it easier to close a bridge or tunnel without affecting traffic to nearby homes and businesses.


Special roads

Drivable roads

Delaware 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.


  • 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


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.

The Federal Highway Administration keeps a website indexing all states that can provide highway and construction project information. Go to the page, find your state, and check the links for the desired information.


Delaware 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.

Locking Standard

Places considered fundamental to the functioning of the Waze app, such as Gas Stations, should be locked to Rank 3.

Complex, intricate, or crucial Places such as Hospitals, Police Stations, Fire Departments, Airports, Parks, etc. should be locked at least to Rank 4.

This is to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of Place Update submissions from Trusted Users, or Place Update Request approvals from other editors without careful examination.
If you do not have a high enough enough rank to lock the place a Rank 3+, please lock it as high as you can, and consider asking a higher rank AM, SM, CM, or Champ to lock it higher.


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 Delaware.

Only Red Light Cameras are legal in the State of Delaware. More information can be found on the IIHS website for DE and other states.

Red Light Cameras

There is an ongoing discussion regarding all the red light cameras in DE in the Waze forums. Please post any needed updates/changed to red light cameras there, so local AMs and other editors can make appropriate changes.

NOTE: It is important to check the DIRECTIONALITY of ALL red light cameras. In many (most) cases, the red light camera is only monitoring one direction of traffic. An example of intersection where this is the case can be found at US-40 and SR-896.

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.

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.

Area Managers

The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Delaware. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Delaware, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Delaware, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Delaware 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.

Delaware — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators
Regional Coordinator(s):
[RC] orbitc (PM)  Profile L6.png
[ARC1] PhantomSoul (PM)  Profile L6.png
[ARC2] RussPA (PM)  Profile L6.png
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Northeast region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
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  Orbit C
Entire State of DE, also NY, NJ, PA. CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT BadgeRC-Temp.pngBadge MapRaider.pngBadge GlobalChamp.pngBadge Mentor Global Champ.png
Region 9 Northeast & 8 New England
State Managers (Northeast region)
Poncewattle(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
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State Manager
Area Managers
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russblau(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Sussex and Kent Counties Also MAR MSM, DC SM, AM in NY State
mishterhaz(3) [PM] Profile L3.png New Castle County Also AM in North Eastern MD and Northern NJ
TR-11(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Delaware LAM Contributor to Lancaster County, PA and Eastern Shore, MD

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
voludu2(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
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Northern Delaware Badge AreaManager.pngBadge StateManager.png
PA State Manager AM Binghamton NY
Jdelosa(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
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  John ( JD )
Statewide Badge StateManager.pngBadge MapRaider.pngBadge Mentor.pngBadge AreaManager.png
NOR MSM, NYC Closure Team
mrsmith66(5) [PM] Profile L5.png
  Mark Smith
Statewide Badge StateManager.png

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