[Talk-us] Second thoughts

Tom Fistere tbfistere at gmail.com
Mon Oct 13 13:59:01 UTC 2014

Hello!  My name is Tom Fistere and I go by CountryLoon on OSM.  After about
a week of editing I thought I should throw out a couple of questions and
comments of what I am doing so far...

I have started looking at the road typing throughout the state of Minnesota
as it gives me an opportunity to study the status of the map statewide.  I
see areas that are well documented and drawn and then there are areas so
neglected that the lines and imagery are needed some immediate help.  I
invite anyone to check out my editing job on the segment of MN 23 between
St Cloud and Foley, MN as it was rebuilt to an expressway in 2013 and let
me know how I did.

A couple of questions, Minnesota hates concurrent highways.  US 52 is
concurrent with I 94 from St Paul, MN to Fargo, ND according to AASHTO but
MNDoT refuses to sign the routing beyond "US 52 FOLLOWS I 94" sign at the
interchange in St Paul.  A similar thing occurs with US 12 through the Twin
Cities to the Wisconsin line.  Should the map reflect the concurrency or
not?  Google chose to do it but since it is unsigned, I lean toward not
showing it.

Most of my information is coming from county GIS sites and DOT, are there
other other sites I should be checking into when looking for information
verification?  So far my interest is in the road network but I am willing
to branch off into recreational trails and such in the future.

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