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

GerdP gpetermann_muenchen at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 22 05:29:02 UTC 2015

Hi all,

I've contacted a few mappers and it seems that there is a need 
to keep some of the ways for the reason described by Mateusz below.

Now, as so many before, I try to find a good tag to express this.
Using a line with only a note tag is no good idea as QA tools
will not like them. IMHO the only already used tag which looks acceptable 
for this is
in combination with a note saying why the way is no highway
maybe combined with an explicit tag

Does that make sense?


Mateusz Konieczny-2 wrote
> On Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:35:08 +0000
> Gerd Petermann <

> gpetermann_muenchen@

> > 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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