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Arkansas-Specific Guidance on Special Roads


These are mapped as a Parking Lot Road only if the alley leads to more than one address (businesses or residences) or is a named street. Otherwise, alleys are not mapped.

Non-Drivable Roads

Walking Trails and Pedestrian Boardwalks
It is the policy of Arkansas that we do not map Walking Trails or Pedestrian Boardwalks. Waze is a navigation application, and walking trails / pedestrian boardwalks do not add to that function and serve no routing purposes.

Dirt (unpaved/gravel) roads

The USA Standard (matrix table) does not specify how to set unpaved road segments, so we define that here. Unpaved roads may or may not be classified in the states' functional classification system. If they are, set the road type according to the functional classification. If they are not, set the road type to Dirt Road / 4x4 Trail.

To stay aligned with the USA Standard, an AR County Road functionally classified as Local, or a Local street classified as a Collector, is still to be set as a Primary Street. A Local street functionally classified by the DOT as Local, is a Street. Otherwise, dirt is dirt. The majority of dirt roads in Arkansas are not functionally classified.

How to determine
when to set a dirt
road as type
dirt road

(unpaved or gravel)













If the users' Waze client options are set to avoid dirt roads, they will still be routed on dirt roads functionally classified as either a Collector or Street. This is necessary to insure beginning-to-end routing should the origin/destination be on an unpaved road however, Waze route pruning will only consider these lower-priority roads (Primary Street, Street, Dirt) near the origin/destination.


  • An unpaved County Road identified in the AHTD FC system as a Collector is a Primary Street.
  • An unpaved street identified in the AHTD FC system as a Local road is a Street.
  • Any unpaved road not listed in the AHTD FC system is Dirt.