This page serves as the primary resource for editors of South Carolina. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.
South Carolina is a part of the South Atlantic region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in South Carolina, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.
The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.
- SC DOT Street Finder
- NOTE Only use this to confirm street numbers, do not confirm street names using this tool.
- NFC maps (GIS)
- City boundary/CDP boundary maps
- SCIWAY County GIS links
- State list of County and City GIS contacts and maps (where available)
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Helpful user scripts
- Mappable Communities tampermonkey script (shows polygons in the editor)
- WME Validator Localization for South Carolina (adds state specific highlights to the Validator script)
- For more, please checkout the Scripts page
The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to South Carolina.
- South Carolina section of Waze forum
- The South Atlantic region forum
- The USA section of Waze Forum
- The USA segment unlock requests
Area Managers for South Carolina can be found in the table below.
New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.
We also use Discord for communicating in the South Atlantic region. Feel free to either click here or contact the RC or a South Carolina SM (listed below) for an invitation.
Cities and towns
One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).
Duplicate cities can be caused by incorrectly named segments and should be corrected following the guidelines in the duplicate cities article.
A list of the South Carolina cities and towns that should be mapped in Waze can be found here. The Mappable Communities script can be used to show the boundaries of these cities and towns in the editor. The link to the script can be found in the Mapping resources section above. Segments should only be given the city attribute if they fall within the boundary. Adding the city attribute to segments outside the city boundary may cause city smudge.
South Carolina follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.
South Carolina follows the national guidelines for road types.
South Carolina PDF Functional Classification Maps
South Carolina ARCGIS Functional Classification Map
South Carolina Functional Classification Geojson Files
State secondary routes (those numbered S-##-###) are not considered County Routes for the purposes of road typing.
Unpaved roads (dirt, gravel, etc.), if unclassified or classified as Collector on Functional Classification maps, should always be set to the "Dirt road / 4x4 trail" type. If there is an unpaved road classed as an Arterial, it should be mapped according to Functional Classification.
Here is a list of current deviations from the national standard.
In South Carolina we have a set minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank (level) in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (areas with construction, tricky design, frequent mistakes, imaging inaccuracies, and the like), but should not be locked lower.
A great time to implement these locks is while bringing the road types of an area into compliance with the current US road type standards (FC and highway systems). Lock the roads based on type after they've been set to current US road type standards.
|Ramp||Highest rank of connected segment|
|• • • • Ferry • • • •||5|
||-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|||2|
Note: Certain areas may be locked higher than the above minimums. Please do not lower locks unless approved by the RC or SM of South Carolina.
State Highways should be named to match local signage and/or county GIS with the state highway name of SC-### listed as an alternate name. If there is no local name of a state highway then it should be named SC-###. The same rules apply to US Highways as well.
State Secondary Routes are state-maintained roadways that are not part of the state highway system. This number is typically signed with a small black sign at any such roadway. These should be named as S-##-XXX, where ## is the number of the county (alphabetical order, see chart above; Abbeville is 1, York is 46) and XXX is the route number (e.g. 18); the full name for route 18 in York county would therefore be S-46-18. This name should only be set as an alternate road name. In rare cases, a road will have this number and no name; in this case, it should be named "Rd XXX", with the full number as an alternate. For example, S-3-497 in Ulmer is named "Rd 497" with the alt name "S-3-497". Consult with the State Manager before changing a name to the "Rd XXX" system.
Both state highway numbers and state secondary route numbers can be easily accessed online with SC Street finder.
County Road numbers in South Carolina are usually not easily available and never signed; however, in places where they can be found more easily we use CR-XXX to mark them. Note some interstate exits will label a road as being "County Rd XXX". This does NOT mean that this is a county route; usually, they are state secondary routes.
South Carolina follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.
- Divided highways and roadways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and traffic circles
- Dead ends and culs-de-sac
- Toll roads
- Partial and scheduled restrictions
- Private installations and military bases
Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.
Guidelines that vary by state or territory
The following special roads are managed slightly uniquely in some states and territories. This state uses the following standard guidelines found in the Wiki.
When managing a section of roadway under construction or being closed for a major event, follow the Wiki guidelines on construction zones and Real time closures.
You can use The US Road Closure Form to submit any closure longer than a few days.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation maintains a website regarding road closures throughout the state. Please use this link to access a list of closures by county. The SCDOT also publishes a map of closures for DOT maintained (S numbered) roads.
We also maintain a South Carolina Road Closures spreadsheet of the closures in the state. If you submit a closure, please add some or all of the information to that page.
South Carolina follows the USA standard for Places. Do not deviate from the guidelines without first obtaining consensus to do so via the state forum linked on this page.
Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:
Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.
When adding a camera, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.
Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in South Carolina.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, red light and speed cameras are prohibited statewide in South Carolina.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
To do list
Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.
See South Carolina/To do for guidance in South Carolina that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in South Carolina. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers South Carolina, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in South Carolina, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for South Carolina is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.
|South Carolina — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators|
[RC] xanderb (PM [Help])
[ARC1] dfortney (PM [Help])
[ARC2] whathappened15 (PM [Help])
|Country Managers (South Atlantic region)|
|xanderb(6) [PM [Help]]||Countrywide|
Covers SAT region
|crazycaveman(6) [PM [Help]]||Countrywide|
Resident of State
|dfortney(6) [PM [Help]]||Countrywide|
Resident of NC
|whathappened15(6) [PM [Help]]||Statewide|
Resident of TN
Covers SAT region
|jwe252(5) [PM [Help]]||Countrywide|
Resident of State
|State Managers (South Atlantic region)|
|apeachypanda(5) [PM [Help]]||Statewide|
Resident of State
|Area Managers |
|grsmhiker(5) [PM [Help]]||Statewide|
Covers SAT region
|whathappened15(5) [PM [Help]]||Statewide|
Covers SAT region
|westjacksonfd(5) [PM [Help]]||Hampton||Resident of GA|
|NightReaper86(4) [PM [Help]]||Statewide||Resident of GA|
|Rooksie(4) [PM [Help]]||Clemson||Resident of State|
|Russwd(4) [PM [Help]]||Spartanburg||Resident of State|
|Aerazona(3) [PM [Help]]||Charleston||Resident of State|
|burgher_2(3) [PM [Help]]||Midlands||Resident of State|
|pcbman(3) [PM [Help]]||Pendleton||Resident of State|
The following editors are also editing in the state and may be working towards an Area Manager position. Feel free to contact them for assistance in their respective areas.
|Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
|Thortok2000(4) [PM [Help]]||Greenville||Resident of State|
|TheMBDude(2) [PM [Help]]||Myrtle Beach||Resident of State|
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