[Tagging] WG: how to tag a "highway" that doesn't exist?

Gerd Petermann GPetermann_muenchen at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 16 05:24:21 UTC 2015

Oops, forgot to set the list on cc

Von: Gerd Petermann
Gesendet: Freitag, 16. Oktober 2015 07:21
An: Hans De Kryger
Betreff: AW: [Tagging] how to tag a "highway" that doesn't exist?



which is just the first best from 130 "highway=unbuilt" ways,

Its history shows that it was imported in 2007.

Just a few m south is another one:


which doesn't have a long history but seems to be

exactly like it.


Von: Hans De Kryger <hans.dekryger13 at gmail.com>
Gesendet: Freitag, 16. Oktober 2015 01:09
An: OpenStreetMap
Cc: Gerd Petermann
Betreff: Re: [Tagging] how to tag a "highway" that doesn't exist?

Do you have any examples?

On Oct 15, 2015 12:27 PM, "Mateusz Konieczny" <matkoniecz at gmail.com<mailto:matkoniecz at gmail.com>> wrote:
On Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:35:08 +0000
Gerd Petermann <gpetermann_muenchen at hotmail.com<mailto:gpetermann_muenchen at hotmail.com>> wrote:

> Hi all,
> forgive me if this was discussed before:
> There seems to be a need to map highways which do not exist.
> I understand the idea that we map highway=proposed / highway=planned
> as this might be used to visualize a plan, I can also understand that
> we have tags like highway=dismantled and highway=razed (which seem to
> mean the same) but why do we have ways with
> highway=x-residential , highway=unbuilt ,  highway=neverbuilt, and
> several more with similar meaning ?
> They all seem to describe ways which where once added as normal
> highway=* to the database and later someone found out that there is
> no highway, but did not dare to remove the way.
> Is that meant to document something important?
> Gerd

Purpose of such objects is to ensure that armchair mappers will not
remap it again. Object with note=* seem better than highway=neverbuilt.

In case of low risk of remapping by armachair mappers such ways may be
safely deleted.

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