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A widened area of road that allows vehicles to turn more easily.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Status: In use


A turning circle is a widened area of road that allows vehicles to turn more easily. They are often but not exclusively circular in shape and located at the ends of cul-de-sacs ("dead end streets", "blind alleys", "closes", "no through roads"). There is no non-traversable central island.

How to map

Place a node that is part of the road at the center of the widened area and add the tag:

When not to use

For a more detailed comparison of these features, see Circular and widened road features



A turning circle is typically rendered as a circle at higher zooms, in the same style as residential or unclassified highways.


As with most tags in OpenStreetMap, this tag is based on the British English term "turning circle", and refers to turning places regardless of shape, including circular, square, triangular and otherwise.

See also

Related terms: ‹ turning circle ›, ‹ cul-de-sac ›