[Tagging] Mapping freeway stub ends?

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny+osm at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 19:08:25 UTC 2017

On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:

> For the above situation, I'd tag it as highway=construction,
> construction=* and abandoned=yes since it was abandoned under
> construction...
> <https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/tagging>

Hmm. I'm reluctant to use different lifecycle
<http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Lifecycle_prefix> stages for the same
How relevant is it to map the fact that it skipped 'present' and 'disused'
and went directly to 'abandoned' from 'construction'? Is that fact visible
on the ground and important?

Example near me: http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/36835272 is a
motorway link that was abandoned during construction. Construction
never began for the associated motorway, which would have run
northwest into the airport. The link was repurposed as the ring road
surrounding an office park, which therefore enjoys a disproportionately
large motorway interchange combined with very poor access to the
local surface streets.

I found no reason to tag the history of the road. It's the ring road of
an office park now.

Random trivia: There was infighting among agencies of the state
government regarding the proposal. Part of the reason for building
http://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/6121261 where it stands
was that it was then the offices of the Conservation Department,
and was sited to block the proposed route. In a supreme irony,
the Transportation Department now occupies the building. In the
last fifty years, enough development has taken place that it
would not be feasible to route a motorway through there. At
the time of the proposal, which was finally abandoned in 1970,
the area of the proposed route was mostly swamp land.
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