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This page represents physical features on the ground (e.g., roads, buildings, railways or waterways). Each tag describes a geographic attribute of the feature being shown by that specific node, way or relation.

The attributes are based on informations given by Highway Tag Africa.

Feel free to change, add or discuss the content of this page. Helpful hintː please read Map Features: (en) for further instructions.


Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo
highway trunk Way inc.
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highway primary Way A major highway linking large towns, normally with 2 lanes. The traffic for both directions is usually not separated

by a central barrier.

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highway secondary Way A highway which is not part of a major route, but nevertheless forming a link in the national route network.

It normally has 2 lanes. The traffic for both directions is usually separated by a central line on the road.

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highway tertiary Way Used for roads connecting smaller settlements, and within large settlements for roads connecting local centres.

In terms of the transportation network, OpenStreetMap "tertiary" roads commonly also connect minor streets to more major roads.

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highway unclassified Way Used for minor public roads typically at the lowest level of the interconnecting grid network. Unclassified

roads have lower importance in the road network than tertiary roads, and are not residential streets or agricultural tracks. Unclassified roads are considered usable by motor cars. Do not use this tag for roads where the OSM highway=* tag value has not been determined yet. Use highway=road for those.

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highway residential Way This tag is used for roads accessing or around residential areas but which are not a classified or unclassified

highway. Street or road generally used only by people that live on that road or roads that branch off it.

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highway service Way inc.
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highway track Way This tag represents roads for mostly agricultural use, forest tracks etc.; usually unpaved (unsealed) but may

occasionally apply to paved tracks as well, that are suitable for two-track vehicles, such as tractors or jeeps. If the way is not wide enough for a two-track vehicle, it should be tagged as highway=path.

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highway path Way A route open to the public which is not intended for motor vehicles, unless so tagged separately. This includes

snowmobile trails, ski trails, hiking trails, horse trails, bike trails and paths, mountain bike trails as well as combinations of the above and other modes of transportation. These routes may have any type of surface.

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highway road Way Road with an unknown classification. This tag should be used temporarily until the road has been properly

surveyed. Once it is surveyed the highway tag should be changed to record the appropriate classification. When this tag is used it implies a FIXME. So you do not need to add a todo=FIXME, fixme="Unknown classification", etc. It's just duplicate work for the next person to change the highway type AND remove the fixme tag.

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