[Talk-us] Directional suffixes on roads: yes or no?

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Sun Nov 30 04:43:55 UTC 2014

On 11/29/2014 10:39 PM, Jack Burke wrote:
> Howdy,
> I have a question about how much effort should be put into adding
> directional suffixes to road names.
> Many counties around Atlanta have adopted directional suffixes for
> roads, both in incorporated areas as well as outside city limits.
> Usually all areas in the county use the same system, with directions
> denoted NE, SE, NW and SW from some standard point, although some cities
> tend to ignore the suffixes. Also, signage is inconsistent--some street
> signs bear the suffix while others on the same street don't.
> In most cases, the suffix is immaterial, and most people don't use it
> anyway. Use of it or not won't affect directions most of the time,
> although I know of a few specific cases where knowing the suffix can be
> important in finding the right location (is your house 100 Concord Road
> Southeast or Southwest?).
> The majority of the Tiger data doesn't include the suffix.
> So, how much should I worry about the missing suffixes? Should they be
> included in the main name= tag? Or one of the other *name tags with the
> unsuffixed name in the name= tag.
> Because most people don't use the suffix, on some roads I've put the
> with-suffix name in the name= tag and the unsuffixed one in the
> short_name= tag, but I'm wondering if I should continue to bother.
> -jack
> --
> Typos courtesy of fancy auto-spell technology.

An additional complication is ring-roads, which are likely to have XXX 
North transition into XXX East, etc.

John F. Eldredge -- john at jfeldredge.com
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