[Talk-us] State Route relations

Richard Welty rwelty at averillpark.net
Sat Oct 16 12:24:11 BST 2010

On 10/16/10 7:12 AM, Mike N. wrote:
>> One thing I /haven't/ seen addressed yet is whether single relations are
>> preferred, or one relation for each way with a super-relation.
>> Currently both are in use, but I think it would be a lot easier for
>> future code if we pick one and move towards it from now on.
>   The current preferred convention is one relation per state, with a 
> super-relation for all.  Some people are converting existing road 
> route relations, but it takes time.     The reason is to minimize 
> editing conflicts across long distances where it is likely that 2 or 
> more people will be splitting a roadway to add attributes at the same 
> time.
for motorways a lot of people are using two per state, one in each 
direction. there
hasn't really been a concensus on that vs one relation with roles.

the other reason for breaking at state lines is that for long US 
highways and
Interstates, the number of nodes in the ways becomes unreasonably large
and editing them becomes an iffy proposition.


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