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

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Nebraska is a part of the Plains region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Iowa / Kansas / Minnesota / Missouri / Nebraska / North Dakota / South Dakota.

Mapping resources

Before editing the maps in Nebraska, 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.

Functional classification

The functional classification for Nebraska is dictated by the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR). NDOR has released functional classification maps for all counties and cities within counties.

GIS resources

For mapping and GIS system resources, go to Nebraska/Resources.

Speed Limit resources

Misc resources


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 Nebraska.

Area Managers for Nebraska 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.

Map of Nebraska Counties

There is an error in the Waze Map Editor (WME) which periodically errantly sets the state to Iowa when creating new segments in Nebraska. When adding new segments, please ensure that the state is correctly set to Nebraska.

Major roads

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

State highway naming

Nebraska Highway
Nebraska Highway

State highways are to be named N-### [a][b]
(TTS pronunciation "Nebraska ###")

Nebraska Link
Nebraska Link

State Links are to be named L-##X [c]
(TTS pronunciation "Nebraska Link ##X")

Nebraska Spur
Nebraska Spur

State Spurs are to be named S-##X [d]
(TTS pronunciation "Nebraska Spur ##X")

Nebraska Recreation Road
Nebraska Recreation Road

State Recreation Roads are to be named R-##X [e]
(TTS pronunciation "Nebraska Recreation Road ##X")

^a State highways never share the same number as any U.S. or Interstate highway that runs through the state.

^b The exception to this format is Nebraska Highway 25A (N-25A) which acts as a spur but is not signed as such.

^c A Link is a highway that connects two major highways.

^d A Spur is a highway that connects a major highway to a city or town where no other highway exists.

^e Recreation Roads are the roads contained within a State Park and are almost never signed but do appear in NDOR and FC maps.

County road naming

County roads with the name designation of "County Road ##" or "Co Rd ##" are to be named in Waze as CR-##. This shortened version takes up less space on the map screen and is announced correctly as "County Road ##" while navigating with the Waze app.

Roads named N, S, E or W

If you encounter any roads that are named N, S, E, or W, you must add a period (.) to the end of the letter. For example, West N Street is abbreviated as W N. St. This ensures the TTS system reads the road name as "West EN Street" and not "West North Street" This does not apply to county roads or Nebraska state highways and spurs abbreviated as N-##X and S-##X. Waze recognizes these as county roads, state highways and spurs, and pronounces them correctly.

Locking standard

In Nebraska 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.

Nebraska Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type Statewide
 Freeway  4
 Ramp  Highest rank of connected segments
 Major Highway  3
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  2
 Street  1
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   5
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2

Nebraska Functional Classification

For the most part, Nebraska's Functional Classification is pretty straightforward. For the purposes of FC, we use the National Function Classification maps. Nebraska divides its FC in to two classes, Urban and Rural, each has a separate table below. Interstates and Other Freeways & Expressways are always drawn as a  Freeway  even if listed under Principal Arterial.

FC Legend

Below is a modified table that matches the National Functional Classification system with the Waze Road Types as per Nebraska standards.

Nebraska Road Systems
Interstate Interstate Business Loop/Spur US Highway US Hwy (Bannered) BUS, SPUR, LOOP Nebraska Highway Nebraska Link Highway Nebraska Spur Highway Local Road / County Road
Example Road I-80
I-80 BUS[f]
Bell St / CR-20

Urban Classifications
 Fw  n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Other Freeways & Expressways[g]
n/a  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]
Other Principal Arterial
n/a  Major   Major   Major   Major   Major   Major   Major 
Minor Arterial
n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   Minor   Minor   Minor 
Major Collector
n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   Minor   PS   PS 
Minor Collector
n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   Minor   PS   PS 
Local/not mapped n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   Minor   PS   Street 
Rural Classifications
Example Road I-80
I-80 BUS[f]
Bell St / CR-20
 Fw  n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Other Freeways & Expressways[g]
n/a  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]  Fw [g]
Principal Arterial
n/a  Major   Major   Major   Major   Major   Major   Major 
Rural Minor Arterial
n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   Minor   Minor   Minor 
Major Collector
n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   Minor   Minor [h]  PS 
Minor Collector
n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   Minor   PS   PS 
Local/not mapped n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   Minor   PS   Street 

^f There are currently no bannered Interstates in Nebraska.

^g A true controlled-access freeway should always be classified as a  Fw . Some expressways however, are only partially controlled-access and do not qualify for classification as a freeway. Use your best judgment on which to choose.

^h See this forum thread about the decision to upgrade State Spurs that are Rural Major Collectors to Minor Highway.


U-turns are permitted in Nebraska except where prohibited by signage or restricted by local municipal law. [1][2]

For Waze routing, u-turns should only be enabled where they provide the potential for improved routing, which includes recovering from missed turns. A common example is a median-divided primary street that has homes/businesses with their driveways/entrances directly on it, where reaching them would otherwise require lengthy, multi-turn deviations through side roads in order to end up on the correct side of the median.

The u-turn must also meet one of the following criteria:

  1. The u-turn is explicitly allowed by signage OR
  2. There is at least 15 meters (49 feet) from the right edge of the legal departure lane to the right edge of the "destination" curb (49 foot turning circle). This is to ensure the turn can be completed in one continuous movement, which is a legal requirement in many places.

Note that when editing, a functional u-turn can arise from more than just the u-turn flag on a road segment, such as with these common scenarios:

  1. Divided roads with box and partial-box intersections where the median segment is 15 m (49 feet) or longer.
  2. Divided roads with explicitly-mapped inside turn lanes unless the turn arrow in the u-turn direction is disabled.

^1 | Nebraska Statute 60-6,160

^2 | Lincoln traffic laws

Speed Limits

Nebraska follows the Waze USA speed limits guidance. Please read that page carefully before editing any Speed Limits (SLs).

Nebraska does not alter speed limits for work zones.

Speed limit changes in NE should occur in both directions of travel at the same point (a slowdown from 65mph to 45mph in one direction has a matching 65mph sign in the opposite direction of travel).

  • Opposing signs are often not exactly opposite the road from each other; place the speed change halfway between them.
  • If there is a substantial distance separating opposing signs (multiple seconds of driving at full speed), bring it to the attention of a State Manager.

Speed Limit standards

The following are the speed limits laws of Nebraska, except where posted signs indicate differently (most commonly in/near urban areas).

  • Residential district: 25 mph. These are generally unsigned unless a Primary Street type or higher.
  • Business district: 20 mph. It is generally believed these are all signed, and no assumptions about what constitutes a "business district" must be made.
  • Gravel or dirt city/county highway: 50 mph. The majority of these are not signed.
  • Paved city/county highway: 55 mph. These are generally signed when leaving/entering an urban area, but may lack signs elsewhere.
  • State highway: 60 mph, unless signed otherwise.
  • State expressway or State freeway: 65 mph.
  • (National) Interstate: 75 mph. There are slowdowns in/near some major urban areas.

Speed Limit Resources

Useful Scripts For Editing Speed Limits

Special roads

Drivable roads

Nebraska 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.

We have special rules which enhance and modify the general map guidelines provided by Waze. We ask that when editing in Nebraska you follow these rules for special road types.
Dirt roads

In many Nebraska counties, the Dirt road type should apply only to roads that are truly dirt/low-maintenance. Well-maintained gravel roads should NOT be set as the Dirt Road type. They should be at least Street type and potentially as high as Primary Street status. The reason some of these gravel roads qualify for Primary Street status is based upon their functional classification designation. These roads may be gravel, but they are intended to be main routes between towns (especially in rural areas) and are often wider and more frequently maintained. This of course isn't ideal for Wazers who'd prefer to avoid gravel roads, but until an unpaved option is made available to apply as an attribute, it's the best overall option for routing.


Alleys are to be mapped since they are sometimes required to access parking lots, businesses, and residences. Alleys are to be the parking lot road type and the name should be set to "Alley."

Parking lots

Following the spirit of mapping all drivable surfaces, parking lot roads are to be mapped in Nebraska. Please follow the general guidelines and use discretion to provide functionality without overcrowding the map.


Rural driveways in NE should frequently be mapped (as Parking Lot Roads), even if shorter than the general Driveways recommendation of 50 meters. Drivers will often be travelling at a high speed, and an upcoming turn provides the necessary advanced warning of their destination. Driveways also serve as useful navigation landmarks on otherwise featureless rural roads. If they are not mapped, Waze may mistakenly snap to a nearby road and interfere with the speed data or provide confusing directions. When mapping a new driveway, check the House Numbers on all nearby roads to ensure all entries are closest to the most appropriate road or driveway.

Urban driveways do not qualify for mapping in most circumstances unless they meet certain route-aiding criteria as defined in the national standards for Driveways.


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.

Information related to road construction and closures may be found on the Nebraska Department of Roads highway project page.


Nebraska 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.

In general, do not name parking lot segments. Some exceptions may apply, but please consult with other Nebraska editors before naming segments within a lot.

Gas Stations

In the Plains region, stations are named as Station Name (Brand). If the station brand is unknown, then Station Name. If the station name and brand are the same, then Brand. For example:

MinitMart (Shell) [Store Name (Brand)]
Joe's Gas & Tackle [Store Name with no Brand]
QuikTrip [Store Name & Brand are the same]

Place Name Harmonization

These name spellings are standardized so that Wazers will receive consistent results when searching in the client. Please use them when you edit one of these chain or franchise businesses.

If you don't find the business you're looking for, please use this form to submit the missing information.

View this list full-screen in Google Sheets"


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 Nebraska.

Based on information researched at the time this page was created, Nebraska does not have any laws regarding red light or speed cameras, therefore they may be present in the state.

No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.

There are no statewide laws regulating red light or speed cameras in Nebraska. However, there are NO cameras present in any municipality and all cameras added to the map should be removed.

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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Nebraska, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Nebraska, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

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

Nebraska — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators
Regional Coordinator(s):
[RC] bretmcvey (PM [Help])  
[ARC1] ehepner1977 (PM [Help])  
[ARC2] SunnyRaynbows (PM [Help])  
  GHO Display Name
Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Plains region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
bretmcvey(6) [PM [Help]] 
  Bret McVey
Based in Omaha, NE
herrchin(5) [PM [Help]] 
  Blaine Kahle
Based in Lincoln, NE
SunnyRaynbows(6) [PM [Help]]  Countrywide
Based in KC area
TheChrisK(6) [PM [Help]]  Countrywide
Resident of Omaha, NE
State Managers (Plains region)
cruzhappy17(5) [PM [Help]] 
DaJoNel(5) [PM [Help]] 
  David Nelson
Based in Omaha, NE
HBiede(5) [PM [Help]]  Nebraska and Western Montana
NWR-PLN Collab & NE SM
SeveriorumPatrem(5) [PM [Help]]  Statewide
Based in York, NE
State Managers - Emeritus
Sgtgary(5) [PM [Help]] 
  Gary Koble
Based in Omaha, NE
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
TowerFire36(5) [PM [Help]]  Plains Region
Lifelong resident of Sioux City, IA
DaveKS14(5) [PM [Help]]  Plains Region
LAM PLN, Central OH & Belize
LennyNRPD(5) [PM [Help]]  Statewide MSM
mattschultz88(3) [PM [Help]]  Western Nebraska
GLR & PLN Collaboration

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
MaHaOmaHa(2) [PM [Help]]  Omaha, NE

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