[Talk-us] Pennsylvania's quadrant routes

James Mast rickmastfan67 at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 16 08:14:18 UTC 2015

I have happened to notice (mostly in Eastern Pennsylvania) that some users have added these routes from the old 'name_*' tags and putting them in the 'ref=*' tags as "ref=SR1234".  The problem here is that Pennsylvania doesn't post these routes (except in little white mileage signs [1][2] or/and [just in rural areas normally] an occasional street blade) like the 'normal' state highways numbered 1-999 in the 'Keystone shields'.  Also the quadrant routes are duplicated all over the state in each county.  Thus, I don't think they would qualify for being added to the 'ref' tag on ways, but also don't truly count for the 'unsigned_ref' tag as well because they are posted in a way, just not really for the traveling public to see unless they were really looking for them.

So, I've come up with a possible replacement tag of 'ref:penndot=SR ****' [3] for these routes that are only signed with the white mileage signs.  With this tag, it still allows the quadrant routes to be added, but not to take up the normal 'ref' tag when it's needed for another route (there are a few normal state routes on quadrant routes, like PA-3 for a small area in Philadelphia, or US-19 Truck in Pittsburgh, or even the Allegheny County Belt System [3] in some areas).

What do you guys think about this?  If nobody has any problems with them, I think we should fix them as we see them (no bot running unless somebody with knowing how to run one would be willing to do it).  I just want to see a constant tagging scheme for them.


[1] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_State_Routes_in_Pennsylvania
[2] - http://goo.gl/maps/NdVrn 
[3] - https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/311525727 
[4] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegheny_County_belt_system

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