|Not all regions map these area places. Consult state and/or regional leadership to find out whether to map freeway exit areas in your region.|
When driving on an interstate, it is useful to know where you are and which exits are coming up. To that end, one solution to this in Waze is to create an area place dedicated to displaying the exits. These exits are conceivably usable for navigation, but their primary function is to show users the upcoming junctions as they travel, possibly before an exit sign has even come into view.
In the creation of a freeway exit area (FEA) place, the following standards are to be observed:
The shape shall be drawn to include the entirety of the outermost ramp segments, fitted to their shape (slightly outside to allow for easier editing of geography for the FEA and the ramps). This gives the most precise shape of the exit area.
The standard naming structure for an FEA at mile marker 325 would be “Exit 325”. If more than one exit exists within the same mile span such that they are distinct areas and are signed with a suffix, they should be named “Exit 325A” and “Exit 325B”, etc. (or differently if other naming structures are in place for such a situation). Suffixes should not be included in the FEA name if the local system numbers an exit/on-ramp differently based on its direction of travel, such as exiting north on Exit 102N or south on Exit 102S, or each exit is labeled A-D. In these situations, the suffixes should be dropped and the exit area simply named “Exit 325”.
Exceptions and deviations from this rule may be made at the discretion of the state manager(s) or regional management.
- Street address: No House Number; Street, City, and State set to the same as the freeway segments contained in the area, without cardinal direction if both directions are contained.
- Primary category: Junction/Interchange
- Lock: Equal to the regional place locking standard
Information commonly used for navigable places such as photos, descriptions, etc. are not necessary, but may be added at the discretion of the editing team.