[Talk-us] Turnouts (US-style passing places)

Richard Weait richard at weait.com
Fri Mar 11 14:50:38 GMT 2011

On Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 9:29 AM, Alan Mintz
<Alan_Mintz+OSM at earthlink.net> wrote:
> On long or inclined two-lane roads (e.g. in the mountains), there are
> "turnouts" at regular intervals on each side of road for slower traffic to
> pull off to allow faster traffic to pass them. These are different than wide
> spots on a dirt road that are usable by traffic in either direction, which
> appears to be what the wiki calls a "passing place". Turnouts are clearly
> for use by only the direction for which they are marked.
> My problem is not with the terminology itself, but with losing the
> information about which direction the turnout is for. How about:
> turnout=forward [turnout used by traffic in the forward direction of the
> way]
> turnout=backward [turnout used by traffic opposing the direction of the way]
> or
> turnout:forward=yes
> turnout:backward=yes

Aren't these simply additional driving lanes?  Why not add lanes= tags
where appropriate?

So, one lane each way is lanes=2,
add an uphill lane becomes lanes=3 .

This works for divided highways as well.


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