[Talk-us] CrossCountryRoads.com

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Thu Nov 5 15:27:06 UTC 2015

> Message: 1
> Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2015 06:40:38 -0600
> From: Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org>
> To: Martijn van Exel <m at rtijn.org>
> Cc: OSM US Talk <talk-us at openstreetmap.org>
> Subject: Re: [Talk-us] CrossCountryRoads.com

> On Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 10:55 AM, Martijn van Exel <m at rtijn.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I was in touch with Tom Valazak who created and maintains
> crosscountryroads.com, a site somewhat similar to aaroads.com containing
> images and video footage for interstates and highways in more than 40 US
> states. He generously grants OSM permission to use the images on his site
> for mapping more freeway related information such as signposts, lane
> counts, speed limits. I created a wiki page for this:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/CrossCountryRoads.com
> I hope you find it useful. If you do, please drop Tom a line through his
> web site, I am sure he would appreciate it.

> Wow, that's gonna be handy for my current interstates project.

Check out this e-mail I got from Alex Nitzman (webmaster at aaroads.com)
of aaroads.com.  The last paragraph is the important part.

Mark Bradley

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Hi Mark,

Thank you for writing and the compliments to our site. A lot of the
Indiana information comes from our contributor Thomas Decker, who
lives in Indianapolis. I appreciate the work you do as well, as I used
to work with GIS for Universal Map Group and still do GIS work on the

The glossary section on state routes/highways/roads nomenclature comes
from a map created by a road enthusiast that outlined all of the terms
used by state on our highway forum. I followed that up with research
on what contributors added to Wikipedia. Being that I live in Florida,
I also am used to the term state road, as that it what FDOT uses as
well. Shall I update the glossary to reflect that state road is not
solely the term used in Indiana?

The shield gallery was originally created by Jake Bear. He used a
different set of terms and no longer runs the gallery. As it works
out, the term state highway tends to be trumped by state route by most
At some point we will overhaul the Gallery and perhaps better specify
the difference. But my knowledge of PHP scripting is not fluid enough
to do it myself at this time.

Most of the glossary was compiled by Andy Field back in 2001 or 2002.
I was not aware of the surface street definition, and I think the
definition he gave is too vague. Perhaps the term should not be

Excellent point on the added benefit to mileage based interchange
numbering. I shall amend the description to include that.

There are a number of forum members that also participate in updating
OpenStreetMap. My forum administration James Mast is one of them, and
I have supplied him with updates for Florida in the past. There is an
Open Street Map thread on the board as well. You have my permission to
use information/photos to help improve it.


- Alex


Alex Nitzman
Webmaster - AARoads.com | Interstate-Guide.com
Blog: http://blog.aaroads.com
Forum: http://www.aaroads.com/forum

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