[Talk-us] State highway refs (was Re: New I.D Feature)

James Mast rickmastfan67 at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 10 05:59:37 UTC 2014

I know of no place where the state name is spelled out in the "ref=*" tag on any way or relation.  Only in the 'is_in:state' tag on RELATIONS have I seen the state name sometimes spelled out.

As for states that have just '123' on the way ref tags. I know of only two that have that happening in masses.  And that is Florida and Georgia.  Most of this was done by NE2 to make the tags 'render' back when only a limited number of characters would render on the map (since changed).  In those states, people have been starting to fix those 'tags' to add in the proper state abbreviation.  So, if you see a tag like "ref=US 17;25" in either of those states on a way, go for it and fix it for the better (ref=US 17;GA 25).  Just don't do anything automated without talking about it here on [talk-us] first of course.


> From: skquinn at rushpost.com
> To: talk-us at openstreetmap.org
> Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 03:10:19 -0600
> Subject: [Talk-us] State highway refs (was Re:  New I.D Feature)
> On Sun, 2014-11-09 at 03:56 -0500, James Mast wrote:
> > Just wanted to throw this out there in case you guys have forgoten,
> > but we also use the two letter abbreviation in almost all relations
> > for highways in the USA (however, there are a few that do spell out
> > the state).
> There are still a few places that use a convention like SH 123, SR 123,
> or even (horrors) just 123 by itself to denote a state highway.
> Currently, I refrain from making changes of this sort if it appears most
> of a state uses this convention.
> So, a couple of questions:
> 1. What, exactly, is fair game to change to a state abbreviation
> reference?
> 2. Which states spell out the name in the ref?
> I know Kansas uses K-123, and Michigan uses M-123. Are there any others
> to be careful of?
> -- 
> Shawn K. Quinn <skquinn at rushpost.com>
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