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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Louisiana. 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.

NOTICE (4/15/2017): This page is being replaced by the South Central Region harmonized Wazeopedia page. Where information on this page conflicts with the SCR page, the SCR page takes precedence.


Louisiana is a part of the South Central region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Arkansas / Louisiana / Mississippi / Oklahoma / Texas.

Mapping resources

Before editing the maps in Louisiana, 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.

Louisiana currently uses the Statewide Highway Functional Classification Maps (2013) for the determination of road types in the state. Use these maps along with the Road types guidance to determine the appropriate road type for roads in Louisiana.


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 Louisiana.

Area Managers for Louisiana can be found in the table below.

New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.

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.

Some states and territories manage a separate page on cities and towns to identify the specific city names that should be entered, and no others. For states that do not have a separate page to track the names, see this Wikipedia link and find the state or territory in question.

Major roads

Louisiana follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

In Louisiana 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.

Louisiana Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type Mature areas
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  4
 Major Highway  4
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  2
 Street  1
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   5
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2

Special roads

Drivable roads

Louisiana follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.

Non-drivable roads

Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.

Median U turn segments in Metairie
Median U turn segments
This section has been updated as of February 2017.

Dedicated median U turn segments in the New Orleans metropolitan area (at least) shall be unnamed.

A turn instruction override should be used such that a "U turn" instruction is given when entering the U turn segment.

For curved segments, the geometry of the segment should be set such that no instruction is given when leaving the U turn onto the road. For straight segments, a turn instruction override may be used as well, set to "None".


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.

The Federal Highway Administration keeps a website indexing all states that can provide highway and construction project information. Go to the page, find your state, and check the links for the desired information.


Louisiana 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.

Louisiana generally follows the Places guidance of the South Central Region, with limited exceptions, which are noted in the region page. Notably, Louisiana uses Area (rather than Point) Places for libraries and new car dealerships.


Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:

  • a speed camera takes a photograph of a vehicle when it passes by the camera at too high a speed.
  • a red light camera takes a photograph of a vehicle that enters an intersection after the light is red. In some areas, it takes the photograph when a vehicle is not clear of the intersection some period after the light turns red.

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 Louisiana.

Based on information researched at the time this page was created, the limited legality of red light and speed cameras in Louisiana is described below.

No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.

Red Light and Speed Cameras are banned in Jefferson Parish Louisiana. Please note that Mobile Speed Cameras are in use in the incorporated cities of Gretna and Westwego within Jefferson Parish, however, these should not be placed on the map since they move every few days and there is no way to keep them on the map with any accuracy.

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.

This state does not currently have an active "to do" list at this time. Check in the Louisiana section of the Waze forums to discuss creating one.

Area Managers

The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Louisiana. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Louisiana, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Louisiana, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Louisiana 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.

Louisiana — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators
Regional Coordinator(s):
[RC] karlcr9911 (PM [Help])  
[ARC1] sketch (PM [Help])  
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (South Central region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
sketch(6) [PM [Help]]  U.S. Country Manager
Resident of New Orleans
State Managers (South Central region)
bz2012(5) [PM [Help]]  Louisiana State Manager
Resident of Baton Rouge
kndcajun(5) [PM [Help]]  Louisiana State Manager
Resident of Lafayette area
sburdeaux(5) [PM [Help]]  Louisiana State Manager
Resident of Shreveport/Bossier area
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
Sr-Navi-Gator(4) [PM [Help]]  New Orleans, North Shore
Resident of New Orleans area
SgtBilkoBR(3) [PM [Help]]  East Baton Rouge, Ascension, and Livingston Parishes
Resident of Baton Rouge area
BSNinja5(4) [PM [Help]]  I-49 Corridor
Resident of Alexandria Area
Davisnado(4) [PM [Help]]  New Orleans, Shreveport, Monroe, Lake Charles
Resident of New Orleans area

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 (Add to or edit this section)
Username General Editing Area Comments
jasonh300(2) [PM [Help]]  Resident of New Orleans
benostrowsky(2) [PM [Help]]  Monroe Area
harrisr708(2) [PM [Help]]  Baton Rouge Area

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