[Tagging] Mapping freeway stub ends?

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Wed Mar 1 04:28:30 UTC 2017

In some cases, the distinction between "abandoned" and "on indefinite hold" 
can be a bit blurry. One ring road here in Nashville, TN, USA was left in 
an incomplete state for about twenty years before the politicians finally 
allocated the money, and the last segment of the road was built.

On February 27, 2017 1:09:03 PM Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny+osm at gmail.com> 

> 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
> object.
> 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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