[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - landuse=highway

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Sat Nov 30 00:32:26 UTC 2013

The concept of landuse=highway makes sense for me as well, especially when
describing freeways and their interchanges or major highways. In most of
the U.S. there is a fixed distance from the centerline of a highway on
either side that belongs to the governing administrative body, be it city,
town or county, that is used for utilities. This is the "right of way"
mentioned in other posts.

One can carry this sort of thing to extremes. I would find it difficult to
locate these boundaries with any degree of accuracy using my consumer level
GPS. Case in point: in my home state of Alaska when the borough (they're
called counties elsewhere) repaves a highway, they also repave a portion of
everyone's driveway, called an apron, that lies inside the ROW. Should
these small areas be mapped and tagged with landuse=highway in this scheme?
It all seems a little nit-picky to me at the level of residential streets.

Moreover, short of using expensive surveying equipment, how accurately can
a volunteer mapper hope to place these areas on a street map with only his
GPS and imperfect satellite imagery available as a guide?


On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 6:59 AM, Martin Koppenhöfer
<dieterdreist at gmail.com>wrote:

> Am 29.11.2013 um 16:31 schrieb Tod Fitch <tod at fitchdesign.com>:
> > Typical in the US is that the "right of way" (ROW) is the land on which
> a carriage way is built. That land area is, if possible, quite a bit wider
> than the traveled way and will include the land used for shoulders,
> drainage systems, cuts and fills.
> +1, I also agree with this, my remark was about how we write it in the
> definition and which parts might not be needed or confusing
> Cheers,
> Martin
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