[Talk-us] Pennsylvania's quadrant routes

James Mast rickmastfan67 at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 16 18:43:46 UTC 2015

Bryan, somebody else has already added this info as a suggestion on the 'State Route Relation' page [1].  He was one of the first people I talked to about this idea, and he's a fellow Pittsburgh mapper.


[1] - https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Pennsylvania/State_Route_Relations#Four_digit_routes 

From: bryan at 7thposition.com
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:08:42 -0500
To: rickmastfan67 at hotmail.com
CC: talk-us at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [Talk-us] Pennsylvania's quadrant routes

I’m from PA and I know exactly the little signs that you’re talking about.  I agree with everything you suggested about moving the SR #### ref to a different key.  It’s not significant enough to be a “ref”.
I’m not sure who “owns” the Pennsylvania wiki page: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/PennsylvaniaBut you might want to add this recommendation there, and maybe some more guidance about classifying highways (like the New Jersey and New York pages have).
I’ve considered coding up a cleanup bot - this might be a nice first task for it.

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.

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