South Dakota Discussion View history

Update this page
Update this page

This page serves as the primary resource for editors of South Dakota. 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.

No general message at this time.


South Dakota 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 South Dakota, 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.

South Dakota DOT Map Viewer

See South Dakota/Resources for guidance in South Dakota that may not be universal to all other states and territories.


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 Dakota.

Area Managers for South Dakota 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

South Dakota follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

Functional Classification

According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, Functional Classification is described as the following.

Functional classification refers to the type of service each particular road provides the traveling public.

The easiest resource to use for Functional Classification data in South Dakota is the South Dakota DOT Map Viewer and Data Download site.

The chart below is available to relate South Dakota Functional Classification to Waze Road Types.

State Road Reference Chart

SD FC Value FC Qualifier Corresponding Waze Road Type Example
None  Freeway  I-90/I-29
Principal Arterial - Other Freeways and Expressways
Controlled-access highway  Freeway  [None]
Principal Arterial - Other
Non-controlled-access highway  Major Highway  US-81
Minor Arterial
None  Minor Highway  SD-38
Major or Urban Collector
None  Primary Street  W 18th St
Paved Urban Minor Collector
None  Primary Street  CR-102
Unpaved Urban Minor Collector and Street
None  Street 

Lock Levels

In South Dakota 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.

South Dakota 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

Name Normalization

South Dakota will use the following standards for naming:
Interstates - I-xx
US Highways - US-xx
State Highways - SD-xxx
County Highways - CR-xxx (Only if they have no other name)

Special roads

Drivable roads

South Dakota 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.

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.

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.


South Dakota 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.

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]


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 South Dakota.

As of March 2014, South Dakota legislature has not approved the use of red-light or speed cameras anywhere in the state. These camera types should not be mapped in Waze. Please delete any of these cameras that get posted to the map!

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 South Dakota 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 South Dakota. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers South Dakota, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in South Dakota, 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 Dakota 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 Dakota — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators
Regional Coordinator(s):
[RC] bretmcvey (PM [Help])  
[ARC1] ehepner1977 (PM [Help])  
[ARC2] SunnyRaynbows (PM [Help])  
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Plains region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
bretmcvey(6) [PM [Help]]  Countrywide
Plains Regional Coordinator
Based in Omaha, NE
the1who(6) [PM [Help]]  Countrywide
Plains Asst. Regional Coordinator
TheChrisK(6) [PM [Help]]  Countrywide
Based in Omaha, NE
SunnyRaynbows(6) [PM [Help]]  Countrywide
Based in KC area
State Managers (Plains region)
Sdtahoe(5) [PM [Help]]  Statewide
Resident of the state
State Managers - Emeritus
Lequs (3) [PM [Help]]  Statewide Resident of the state
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
Kartografer(5) [PM [Help]] 
Resident of Ohio
LennyNRPD(5) [PM [Help]]  Statewide MSM
PONinja57702(2) [PM [Help]]  Rapid City & Black Hills
Resident of the state

About this page