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Revision as of 13:53, 1 September 2017
This page contains information related to editing Waze maps in the USA Southeast Region which includes Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. It takes precedence over any more geographically localized state-level sub-pages to insure regional unity and consistency. Your regional coordinator is driving79. Questions regarding this information should be addressed to the SE Regional Coordinator or the State Managers.
To get in contact with the Southeast editors please use this link to join the Southeast Region Editors on Discord!
US Southeast is our Waze forum.
This page is maintained by the Key Southeast Region Editors and moderated by driving79. Please see section on Proposed Changes for submission protocol. Southeast map editors are encouraged to add/modify their own information in the Key Southeast Region Editors table below. All editors should be intimately familiar with Best Editing Practices.
Additionally, important links and materials for all Southeast editors are available at
- 1 States, Counties and Localities
- 2 Road (Segment) Types
- 3 Mapping Resources & Functional Classification
- 4 Update Requests & Comments
- 5 Places
- 6 Major Construction Projects
- 7 Special Roads
- 8 Segment & Turn Restrictions
- 9 Cameras
- 10 Forums
- 11 Proposed Wazeopedia Changes
- 12 Key Southeast Region Editors
- 13 Discipline
States, Counties and Localities
- Overview: There are 523 municipalities and 159 counties in the state. The toll system is PeachPass and is primarily found on HOV lanes in metro Atlanta. Some HOV lanes require PeachPass. Outside of Georgia, it is compatible with the FL Sunpass, and the NC QuickPass. Georgia is in the Eastern time zone. There are also HOT lanes that are High Occupancy Toll lanes. The is a minimum of 3 people required to be in the vehicle and you must have the PeachPass. Toll prices vary based on traffic flow and the distance you are traveling. There are access areas marked by striped lines as opposed to solid lines. The lanes are monitored by numerous cameras and by local police. The busier the traffic, the more you pay. Prices are listed on overhead electronic signs.
Road (Segment) Types
Minimum Road Type Standards
- Interstate =
- US Hwy = (MH)
- State Roads = (mH)
Dirt (unpaved/gravel) Roads
How to determine when
If the users' client options are set to avoid dirt roads, they will still be routed on dirt roads functionally classified as either a Collector or Street. This is necessary to insure beginning-to-end routing should the origin/destination be on an unpaved road however, Waze route pruning will only consider these lower-priority roads (Primary Street, Street, Dirt) near the origin/destination.
- An unpaved County Road identified in the DOT FC system as a Collector is a Primary Street.
- An unpaved street identified in the DOT FC system as a Local road is a Street.
- Any unpaved road not listed in the DOT FC system is Dirt.
Road Segment Naming
- Parking Lot Roads -- We do not name parking lot roads in the SER. Consult with your State Manager if you think a parking lot road segment should be named.
Road Segment Locking
|Segment Type||Default locks|
When to Split a Two-Way Road
- The default representation for any roadway is a single 2-way segment, even if the physical roadway is divided. Dividing a roadway carries with it the burden of proof that the change will improve the usability and/ or simplicity of the Waze map.
- If a road is currently working with no problem reports, consider leaving it as is.
- Prior to splitting a road, send a PM to one of the State Managers or the SE Regional Coordinator.
A road may be divided when ALL of the following conditions are met:
A road should not be divided when:
- The non-driveable median is interrupted by a cross segment at most intersections.
- It is possible and legal to make a left turn/u-turn everywhere along the road
Private Road Segments
Click here for guidance for use of the Private Road Segment in the Southeast.
NOTE: This is currently in planning / testing phase. If you are reading this, seek guidance from one of the State Managers.
- Also known as Bridge and Overpass Segmentation Elevation (BOSE)
- Also known as Seagull Effect (Do Not Use)
The Southeast Region uses the concept of True Elevation (TE) to better represent segments in relationship with its surroundings/ground level. Most segments should have an elevation of Ground unless they pass over another segment, waterway, or natural feature. Drivable and non-drivable segments are handled the same way with elevation.
- Segment travels over another segment (also known as Overpass).
- Segment travels over a large river or large body of water.
- Segment artificially elevated to pass over large ground level objects and large natural features.
A tunnel is any road segment that is underground and thus the GPS reception is inconsistent.
Below are two images showing the difference in Live Map rendering when True Elevation is not applied and then when True Elevation is applied. Take note on the shading along the edge of the segment when True Elevation is used and how it is missing when it is not.
|Segment over water without True Elevation||Segment over water with True Elevation|
- Elevation of overlapping segments should be set relative to each other, with the lowest segment as Ground (unless that segment is a tunnel).
- Only elevate/lower the actual bridge/tunnel section of the road.
- Bridges should be cut at the start/end of the bridge where the land falls away. You can usually see guardrail at the start/end of the bridge section. Also the pavement type may change (Asphalt to Concrete for example).
- Do not cut segments for elevation purposes if the bridge starts/stops within 60m/200ft of an existing junction.
- Maintain some uniformity for display purposes when determining where to make the splits.
- No need to elevate segments over every small creek or box culvert. Only elevate over significant waterways or natural features.
- Only set elevation as low/high as necessary. For example, no segment should be Elevation +2 unless it passes over another segment with Elevation +1.
- Tunneled segments shall have lower elevation, relative to ground and Tunnel should be checked.
- Only segments that are actually underground should have the negative elevation.
- Tunnels should be cut at least 15m/50ft before and after the tunnel, to allow time for the GPS to regain signal.
- The use of common sense is paramount in using True Elevation.
NOTE: If you use the Bridge tool to join segments, be aware that this will raise the elevation of the joined segment and you must lower the joined segment as appropriate.
Mapping Resources & Functional Classification
Use only state DOT level Functional Classification (FC) maps when determine how to type (classify) a segment (Major Hwy, Minor Hwy, etc.). Some counties and cities have their own FC system, but only the state level system is to be used as a reference as these have been through a federal and state level approval process.
Use of City Field
Please follow the guidance set forth in Use of City Field for the proper use of the city name field for all states in the Southeast Region.
- Functional Classification (very dated)
An important note about Alabama Code of laws is included on the page above. Click the header for relevant information for mapping in Alabama. Editors should always reference these local official sources for road naming. Those should be posted in the page above. If it is not please contact your State Manager for guidance.
An important note about Florida traffic laws is included at the page linked above.
Click the link above for relevant information for mapping in Florida. Every county in Florida has online geographic resources from either the Property Appraiser's office and/or Geographical Information Systems (GIS) department. Editors should always reference these local official sources for road naming. Those should be posted in the page above. If it is not please contact your State Manager for guidance.
Click the link above for resources on functional classification.
Click the link above for more information about Unsigned FL SR#'s along US and Interstate Highways
Click the link above for relevant information for mapping in Georgia. Editors should always reference these official local sources for road naming when possible. Those should be posted in the page above. If it is not please contact one of your State Managers for guidance.
Update Requests & Comments
The southeast follows the national Update Requests (UR) & Comments guidance with the following exceptions:
Do not leave reminders at 4 days (or at any other time.)
If you are the only editor to comment on a UR and all three of the following conditions apply:
- This UR has no information from the reporter in the “Problem” field that suggests a solution.
- There is no responding comment from the reporter/driver.
- There is no obvious issue to be resolved after surveying the map, the Waze route and the GPS track (if that information is included).
This UR can be closed when your comment is 5 days old.
If another editor left a comment for a reporter, there is no response from the reporter, AND the comment is at least 8 days old....look to see if you can solve the issue. If it can’t be solved simply put a comment about why it's being closed (i.e. "Closed due to inactivity.") and mark it Not Identified.
Do not over complicate the UR process. Please do not leave lengthy responses/questions. There are UR comment scripts that have been designed and approved by higher ranked editors available for your use. Scripts Page
Boots On The Ground
We need local boots on the ground (BOTG) to check things. Please add requests for locals to go and scout things in person, as in on the road. Some examples when this would be used include to check and see if:
- The street view is accurate,
- A road is really closed,
- A turn really allowed/prohibited, etc.
- A Place Exists, is Closed Permanently, or Remodeling
To make a new request, or respond to an existing request, please use this form.
- water of any kind
- toll plazas
Exceptions to a point or area that ARE mapped in the southeast:
- Post Office is an area
- Library is an area
- Museum is an area
- Government is an area
- Sports court is an area
- Car Dealership is always a point
IMPORTANT Please do not work Place Update Requests (PUR) zoomed all the way out. Please zoom in to the place, make sure it's in the correct spot, and run the place harmonizer script to make sure everything is correct and entered. We want to make sure waze has the best experience for the drivers, so finding a place in search and getting to their destination accurately is extremely important!
Place Lock Standards
Places should be locked to the below standards, only after ALL data fields have been filled (if you can't find hours, that is ok). Note for gas stations - DO NOT USE THE BRAND "UNBRANDED". If it is a no brand gas station, just leave the brand field blank.
Lock at rank 5: hospitals, universities, schools, park and ride lots, arenas, airports.
If you cannot lock high enough because of rank, lock as high as you can, and post in the USA Unlock Forum to get help from a higher-ranked editor to lock properly or use the unlock channel in the Southeast Region Slack team.
- Phone Numbers
- Places should follow one of the following telephone number formats: (XXX) XXX-XXXX or XXX-XXX-XXXX
- Except for public schools (who that make extensive efforts to keep their naming schemes), please use the simplest URL that will get you to a chain's homepage, do not link directly to the chains location specific page. Examples are in the sheet below. Be sure to check that the URL works before using it in WME or submitting it to the Place Name Harmonization form or using it for a place.
Chain Harmonization Sheet
- The name spellings in the following sheet have been standardized for chains or franchises so that Wazers will receive consistent results when searching in the client. Please use them when you edit one of these chain or franchise businesses. The script WMEPH streamlines this process by automatically detecting those chains in the Name Field and inputting the information from this sheet.
- Missing Chains
- If you don't find the business you're looking for, please use this form to submit the missing information.
- Issues with this form
- If you see any issues with this form please contact the moderator with a description of the problem, and the "row number" of the item with the issue.
- Some places do not have a clear place category, so we have provided this list for ones we get regular questions about. If you do not see something you think should be on this list please use this form to submit the missing information and to the moderator that you have requested more information.
Major Construction Projects
See the states' Department of Transportation (DOT) web sites for a list of long term road closures and changes to traffic flow that impact the Waze Map.
- Divided Highways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts/Traffic Circles
- Parking Lot Roads
- Toll Roads
Alleys are only mapped if they lead to more than one business or residence. Map alleys that meet this condition as a PLR (if the segment has no name) or as as Street if the segment is named. Alleys not meeting this condition are not to be mapped.
Emergency Vehicle and DOT Service Roads
We do not map Emergency Vehicle and DOT Service Roads.
Railroads can be mapped, but they are not a priority at this time.
Segment & Turn Restrictions
- Mega Events
- Temporary Road Closures
- Scheduled restrictions
For Mega Events we need advance notice so they will appear in the app and we can get the proper closure sheet for the event. There are four methods to control traffic flow:
Please refer to the Partial Restrictions wiki for further guidance.
Red Light Cameras
Known Camera Locations
Tallahassee Red Light Cameras Deactivated 8/17/15, slated for removal.
All Of Georgia (2014 Verified most current data on GDOT site 07/2017)
Other Camera Types
Proposed Wazeopedia Changes
Anyone who wishes to propose additions, changes or corrections to the SER wazeopedia should send a PM to their State Managers and RC (listed below) with the proposed addition/change and reasoning for it if appropriate. The SM's/RC will discuss the proposal with the whole SER leadership team for a decision.
Key Southeast Region Editors
|driving79||6||PM|| United States
Southeast Regional Coordinator
|spankdog||6||PM||United States|| |
|Jakflash||6||PM|| United States
FL State Manager
|banished||6||PM|| United States
ARC of New England Region
|subbiebrz||5||PM|| East Central
|jbrianj||4||PM|| Gulf Coast
(Mobile, Gulf Shores)
(B'ham-Jefferson, Shelby, & Surrounding Counties )
|DrDisaster||5||PM||FL AM / Special Events / VOEC||NY Resident|
|LostRiver2008||5||PM|| Big Bend
(Tallahassee, Lake City, Cedar Key)
|mrbyte_ontheroad||5||PM|| Central FL
(Daytona, Ocala, Spring Hill, Orlando)
|tcalvert317||5||PM||South Florida||TX Resident|
(Miami, Ft Lauderdale, West Palm)
|ardan74||4||PM|| South Peninsula
(Ft. Myers, Naples, Miami)
|DruDoyle||4||PM||Mid to South Florida||Local Resident|
|jbrianj||4||PM|| Western Panhandle
(Pensacola, Panama City)
|K-L-B||4||PM|| Pasco & Alachua Counties
(Gainesville, New Port Richey)
|sgtm14||4||PM|| Polk County
(Bartow, Lakeland, Winter Haven)
(Bradenton, Sarasota, Port Charlotte)
|triordan||4||PM|| Northern Tampa Bay
(Tampa, Land O Lakes, Wesley Chapel)
|yellowmellowyellow||4||PM|| South Florida
(Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Ft Myers)
|bassdan7403||3||PM|| Alachua County
(Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Volusia Counties)
|goydp||3||PM|| West Central
(Tampa, Ocala, Winter Haven)
|NetGuyGreen||3||PM|| Leon + Wakulla Counties
(Martin, Glades, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade Counties)
(Tampa, Sarasota, Ft. Myers)
(Jacksonville, St. Johns, Clay, Putnam)
|lilsnot||2||PM|| Citrus County
|soflzip||2||PM||Broward / Miami-Dade Counties||Local Resident|
|aestewa||4||PM|| Lake Lanier
(Dahlonega, Gainesville, Canton)
(LaGrange, Macon, Millidgeville)
|creekofjohn||4||PM|| Atlanta Metro
(Alpharetta, Atlanta, Athens)
(Blakely, Colquitt, Columbus)
|DruDoyle||4||PM||North Georgia||FL Resident|
|fish1552||4||PM|| East Central
(Douglas, Dublin, Statesboro)
|jroman7||4||PM|| NW Metro Atlanta
|jtbernier||4||PM|| N Fulton, S Forsyth & I-75
(Alpharetta, Macon, Valdosta)
|sgtm14||4||PM|| Greater Augusta
|outdoorliving||3||PM|| North Central
(Cartersville, Dalton, Ellijay)
|westjacksonfd||3||PM|| North East
(Athens, Gainesville, Toccoa)
|RainMan3699||2||PM|| North East
(Grayson, Monroe, Convington)
- Deleting and redrawing roads
- Closing UR's without following this flowchart
- Creating mass amounts of parking lot roads
- Creating roads on top of already existing roads
- Disrespect to higher ranking editors
- Not cleaning up your own mess
- Not responding to private messages
- Willful damage to the map
- Editing just to clear geometry nodes will result in an instant blocking of your editing rights
- Formal mentoring
- Lowering of rank
- Temporary suspension of editing rights
- Permanent suspension of editing rights