[Tagging] Inconsistent road refs

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Wed Feb 3 09:35:24 UTC 2016

2016-02-03 4:49 GMT+01:00 Paul Norman <penorman at mac.com>:

> There is a stretch of local highway which used to be signed with a ref,
> but no longer is. On the other hand, most of the intersecting roads still
> show that this highway has the old ref. Some other parts of the road remain
> signed.
> The two options for tagging seem to be ref=123 or old_ref=123.

why isn't it signed any more? Has the route stopped to "exist" and they
removed the signs on purpose (but just haven't finished yet hence the signs
on the crossing roads)? I would tag "old_ref" for situations where the ref
is no longer valid, but might still provide some useful information today.
E.g. in Italy a lot of roads have passed from the national operator to the
regions (admin entities), and changed their refs accordingly (e.g. SS 4 to
SR 4), and they also put some new signs here and there, but they didn't
remove a lot of the old signs, so that you can find a lot of old refs still
signposted. In this context we have tagged also old_ref to these roads.

If on the other hand the refs are still valid, but simply aren't signposted
on some stretches anymore, I would keep them in "ref".

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