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USA – Detroit – Road name #4

manuelab-telenav opened this Issue Apr 7, 2017 · 6 comments


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manuelab-telenav commented Apr 7, 2017


In this project we will map road name in Detroit, Michigan area and we will focus on adding missing names as well as improving the existing data in OSM.

How to map

We will follow the mapping scheme that is already used in the United States as it is described on this page:

For name tags we will follow this guideline:

We will consult the Wiki US Roads Project for naming conventions.


Who will be involved?

Telenav mapping team with the following usernames: alinan_telenav, gabis_telenav, andreis_telenav, simonap_telenav, hoream_telenav.

See also:


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skylerbunny commented Apr 12, 2017

You may wish to also check out Michigan specific mapping suggestions/editor best practices, which are located here:

There is discussion about relations and the standards in the state where they may differ.


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manuelab-telenav commented Apr 21, 2017

We started editing road geometry and road names in Detroit area and we’ve encountered some particular cases with the street names and name suffixes and we were not sure what to do in these situations.

1. Location 42.138179, -83.190357

  • in OSM, the road name is Trumbull Street
  • in Tiger Roads 2016 file and local data the name is Trumbull Avenue
    There are a lot of cases like this one so we wanted to be sure that it’s ok if we modify them based on Tiger Roads 2016/local data.

2. Location 42.139729, -83.264893

  • in OSM, the way is named Old Toledo Road
  • in Tiger Roads 2016, the way is named Dix Toledo Road
  • in local data it is named Old Dix Toledo Highway

Which source should we use, Tiger Roads or local data? Do you have any idea about how should we proceed with these cases?


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skylerbunny commented Apr 21, 2017

Something I'd probably try is some searches with the US Zip Code Lookup:, using a known address number for the street in question, and try iterations of the road name. When the one represented by the official postal address is hit, you'll get a Zip+4 result. The main point of course is that it's just told you what 'an official postal address for an address on the street' is.


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DougPeterson commented Apr 22, 2017

The lack of Avenue, Road or Street on street signs is pretty common. As such, more than one will be in use or on the map. That is the case with my street and street sign. It only says Oakland. It should say Oakland Avenue. That is what was switched to back in the 1950s as noted in a newspaper article from then. The city refers to it as Oakland Street. It remains Oakland Avenue on the property tax record. I usually consult property tax information and treat that as the authority.


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hoream-telenav commented Apr 24, 2017

@skylerbunny @DougPeterson thanks for your suggestions; we will analyze them and make a research on it to see how it can help us and community


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hoream-telenav commented Aug 22, 2018

This issue was moved to TelenavMapping/US_mapping_projects#21

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