[Tagging] Mapping freeway stub ends?

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Wed Mar 1 22:15:02 UTC 2017

The instance I was speaking of is Briley Parkway, a ring road through the 
outer portion of Nashville,  TN. It is an odd mix, with portions 
implemented as a limited-access freeway, and other portions as ordinary 
city streets. Some parts were purpise-built, other parts involved 
connectinng existing roadways. The northwest quadrant, which passes over 
the Cumberland River and then goes through a mostly-undeveloped portion of 
Davidson County, was not built until about 20 years after the rest of the 
roadway opened.

On March 1, 2017 5:55:46 AM Volker Schmidt <voschix at gmail.com> wrote:

> The original example
> https://www.google.com/maps/@40.8190845,-76.8530417,857m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en-US
> is now a set of ways that can be used as non-freeway highways. I would most
> likely tag them as either service or track with surface and tracktype tags.
> Important to check on the ground the access rights and add exact width,
> surface and smoothness tags.
> In addition I would tag them in addition with abandoned:highway=motorway if
> they were ever used as freeways (which seem not to be the case). I would
> not use the construction tag as this would mean that this is part of a
> freeway under construction.
> Volker
> On 1 March 2017 at 05:28, John F. Eldredge <john at jfeldredge.com> wrote:
>> 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>
>> wrote:
>>> 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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