[Tagging] lanes=3 + lanes:forward/backward=1 for "semi-divided" roads?

Albert Pundt roadsguy99 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 12 04:39:00 UTC 2017

Consider High Street in downtown Carlisle, PA. It is one lane each way,
with a wide space as wide as a travel lane in the middle, but not used for
anything such as a center turning lane. Tagging this with just lanes=2
seems wrong since it fails to take into account the lane width separating
the two travel lanes, and since there is no raised physical divider, it
doesn't seem right to mark it as a dual-carriageway road either. I've seen
lanes=3 used along with lanes:forward=1 and lanes:backward=1, but that
seems like it might be confusing.

What, if anything, is the proper way to tag roads like this?

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