james_8970 wrote:Should Hwy #2 be a freeway type south of Calgary? I feel that it should only be classified as a freeway between Edmonton and Calgary. South of Calgary and North of Edmonton I feel that it should probably be a major highway.
hurley108 wrote:First, I apologize for undoing what you'd done without discussing it. That was rude of me and I shouldn't have.
However, this is something that needs to be done with care and caution.
If we don't manage to get all of them, will Waze simply route people along those that aren't done, leading to longer treks on gravel road than are necessary?
If people do get a long way out onto a gravel road, but then miss a turn or something, will it be a hinderance that they cannot see the road names on the map in the client? If, as you say, everything that is not paved should be made dirt, and we apply this to secondary highways, then we could really make it difficult for people to see where they are. It could also deprive Waze of a way of efficiently routing people out. Is this dangerous? Really could lead people into a situation like in Australia.
Gravel roads are a fact of life in rural Alberta, just about anywhere off the highways (or even on some). We should proceed with caution before embarking on a mission of turning every gravel road to Dirt Road.
doctorkb wrote:I'd like to point out that dirt roads still show in the client. It is their name that isn't shown.
And if you're driving along and see a road is coming up, and then you approach an intersection, both in Waze and real life, there's little doubt that you're looking at the same thing... There won't be another intersection for another mile or so.
I think we have to consider the surroundings, which makes this a similar discussion at the TCH question. If we are talking about an area like, say between Ellerslie Rd and Hwy 19 (Leduc to Devon), then a different standard should apply than in the middle of freaking nowhere, where the best road for tens or hundreds of miles is semi-annually oiled gravel.
As for conclusions on the TCH, lets update the Canada page in the wiki, or at least its discussion page.
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