| highway = motorway
|High capacity highways designed to safely carry fast motor traffic.|
|Used on these elements|
|Tools for this tag|
Use highway=motorway to identify the highest-performance roads within a territory, typically controlled-access highways with a minimum of two lanes in each direction separated by a barrier (referred to as a freeway' in American and Australian English and as an Autobahn in German). Non-motorised traffic is banned from using these roads in most territories, with some exceptions, for example rural motorways in western U.S.
How to map
A motorway it normally represented by a series two parallel ways, one for each carriageway tagged with highway=motorway. These ways should all point direction of travel and be tagged with oneway=yes. In the less usual case of a motorway where traffic travels in both directions along the same carriageway use a single way and tag it with oneway=no. When drawing parallel ways, place the nodes for each direction next to each other, which results in a better representation on most maps. The following tags may be applicable:
|name=*||Name of the motorway.||Autostrada dei Fiori|
|ref=*||Reference name.||A 3|
|oneway=yes||See section #How to map|
|lanes=*||Number of lanes.||3|
|maxspeed=*||The maximum speed which is allowed (in km/h).||130|
|minspeed=*||Minimum speed which a vehicle must be capable of to use the motorway (in km/h).||50|
|destination=*||Name of town for the direction of the motorway. Normally the town written on the sign wich belongs to the motorway-link.||Frankfurt|
|carriageway_ref=*||In the UK, the reference number for the carriageway, as displayed on Highway Agency signing||B|
Consider adding the all of these ways to a relation of type (what type of relation? PeterIto 02:47, 20 January 2013 (UTC)).
|Australia|| Motorways, freeways, and freeway-like roads.
Divided roads with 2 or 3 lanes in each direction, limited access via interchanges, no traffic lights. Generally 100 or 110 km/h speed limit. For example: Hume Freeway.
|Australian Roads Tagging|
|Belgium||nl:autosnelweg fr:autoroute de:autobahn maxspeed=120 km/h|
|Brazil||Autoestradas, >80 km/h|
|Czech Republic||Dálnice & Rychlostní silnice||WikiProject Czechia/roads tagging|
|France||autoroute (A)||Fr:Map Features|
|Italia||Autostrada, compresi i raccordi autostradali come le tangenziali di Milano e il Grande Raccordo Anulare di Roma.||It:Italian Roads Tagging|
|Hong Kong||Designated expressways and other public roads with expressway-like rules.||HK:Hong Kong tagging|
|Korea||Divided, grade-separated highway with 2 or more lanes in each direction designated by a red and blue shield (toll roads). Also, some National Routes (blue oval) which have been upgraded to Motorway status (toll-free).|| Ko:Map Features|
|Norway||Motorvei & Motortrafikkveg|
|Poland||Autostrada||WikiProject Poland/Klasyfikacja dróg|
|Portugal||Auto-estrada - the national road institute changed the reference to IP (Itinerário Principal) or IC (Itinerário Complementar). There are still some "Auto-estradas" not renamed so they keep the name.|
|Russia||автомагистраль (avtomagistral'), которая уже имеет статус trunk.||RU:Map_Features:highway|
|Slovak Republic||Diaľnica & Rýchlostná cesta|
|Spain||Autopista/Autovía||WikiProject Spain/Autopista Normalización|
|Switzerland||Autobahn / autoroute|
|US|| A freeway, turnpike, or interstate
Grade-separated highway, normally divided with 2 or more lanes in each direction. Access by ramps only. This includes all Interstate Highways (with a couple of rare exceptions) and some US and state highways (or portions thereof).
Related terms: <motorway> <highway>