[Talk-in] classification for rural roads

Nura Uttelamiak uttelamiak at gmail.com
Sun Mar 29 16:38:06 UTC 2015

Hi All,

thanks for all the feedback.

One thing i forgot to mention is that the classification  (1) i have
mentioned earlier is purely for residential traffic. I don't see anyone
using those roads other than people live on that road or who want to visit
them.  so it matches the
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dresidential. The only
difference compared to an urban area is that houses are bit spread out  -
in some rare cases you may not see a house in 100-150 meters.  Additionally
these roads shouldn't be used for routing as much as possible even though
it looks like a short cut between bigger roads. So the tag residential
looks ok to me.

For (2) i agree that marking lanes=2 is wrong. But
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:lanes mention that using lanes=1.5
is not the preferred one either. So I will mark it as lanes=1. I will use
additional width tag can be populated to mention that it is narrow.

And as a side note there are a lot of rural roads (that are well maintained
by govt -probably by the local panchayath or municipal authorities) which
has width of only 2m around my place. So as usual the standards say one
thing and ground reality is  different.


On Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 7:56 PM, Arun Ganesh <arun.planemad at gmail.com>

> Just went through the IRC Roads and Bridges handbook [1] and updated some
> sections of the wiki regarding village roads:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tagging_Roads_in_India#Major_Roads
> 1) Asphalted roads that are wide enough just for a single car/small truck.
>> There are no shoulders to these kind of roads and the road boundaries are
>> usually hard walls built around farm land. so if some other car comes in
>> the opposite direction, you certainly have to go back 100-200meters to let
>> it  pass.
> highway=unclassified
> lanes=1
> 2) Asphalted roads that are wide enough for a car/small truck, but with
>> shoulders. so it is possible to let the car in opposite side to pass by
>> moving over to road shoulder.
> highway=unclassified
> lanes=1.5
>> 3) Asphalted roads that are wide enough for 2 cars or a bus. typically
>> connects 2 main villeges.
> highway=tertiary
> lanes=1.5 or 2
> According to the IRC standards, it seems like most rural roads would be
> unclassified or tertiary, with singe lane (3-3.5m) or intermediate lane
> (3.5-5.5m)
> Residential roads and living streets should be used for roads serving
> purely local residential traffic and not for traffic between villages.
> [1]
> http://saiindia.gov.in/english/home/Public_Folder/Professional_Practices_Group/State_Local_Manual/PUDUCHERRY_MANUAL/Wad%20Manual/Roads%20&%20Bridges.pdf
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