[Tagging] highway = track vs. residential

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 23:10:53 UTC 2016

On Thu, 7 Jan 2016 15:15:00 -0700
Mike Thompson <miketho16 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am editing in Colorado, US in a rural part of the state. I do have
> first hand knowledge of the area. It looks like someone has gone
> through and changed many ways tagged "highway = residential" to
> "highway = track."  For example:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/6152252#map=16/40.7825/-105.1985
> Although these are gravel surfaced roads (not yet tagged that way, but
> physically that is what they are), the ones in question provide
> access to two or more homes and/or ranches.  To me these are not
> "tracks" but "residential." Before I change these back, I wanted to
> check with the community.
> Also, I would like your opinion on driveways (if they are mapped at
> all). My understanding is that they (at least the part between the
> public road and the house) should be tagged highway=service,
> service=driveway, access=private and not highway=track.
> Mike

Yes, highway is for tagging function, surface etc tags for quality.

Unpaved driveway is highway=service, service=driveway not highway=track
(proper surface tag and similar may be used to tag quality).

And high-quality asphalt logging road is highway=track.

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