WikiProject Belgium/Conventions/Highways

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motorway

Motorways (nl: autosnelweg - fr: autoroute) have A or in some cases B (Bretelle) numbers, and many have E numbers as well (see #Reference numbers below). All roads which have the | F5 traffic sign should be tagged motorway.

Rx should also be tagged as motorways

trunk

Some 'upgraded' primary/secondary roads that are restricted to automobiles and trucks (nl:autoweg - fr:route pour automobile) but wich are not motorways. These roads have this sign | F9 traffic sign. This also applies if the road has no separate roads for each direction.

primary

National roads, N-roads of the 1st and 2nd category that connect the capitals of the provinces with ref= Nx (1 to 9)or Nxx (tens from 10 to 90) , or if the main traffic road is diverted through another way as by means of a ring road with ref=Rx or Rxx. See |Wikipedia Belgian N roads.

secondary

The other National roads, N-roads of the 3th and 4th category, with ref= Nxx or Nxxx with digits only (no character) or important roads in large towns/cities

tertiary

All other connecting roads between villages or residential areas. Including Nx/Nxxx roads with a supplemental 'downgrading' letter that once were N roads but got a diverted ring roads as N72a.

residential

Streets in residential areas or with a majority of houses or other buildings. Roads without ongoing traffic, no connecting roads.

unclassified

Small paved ways, no connecting roads, that typically are located in rural areas. Houses/building are exceptional.

track

Unpaved roads with traces of motor traffic or accessible to motor traffic

path

All paths which are not passable by agriculture or similar vehicles|| Including streets 'designed' for vehicles but where access is restricted to pedestrians

footway

Ways 'designed' for pedestrians where vehicles have no access.

Reference numbers

The usual tag you should use is "ref", so you can get

ref=N16
ref=A12
ref=B101
ref=R11a
ref=E40
ref=T701


Please use a capital letter at the beginning. An extra letter after the number should be lowercase. No spaces should be used.

European E-numbers

Roads with European E-numbers for motorways also have national reference numbers. In that case use this convention:

ref=E19
int_ref=E19
nat_ref=A1

Use the E-number for the "ref" tag, since that's what people use in Belgium, and that way the E number will be shown on the map instead of the A number.

There are some places where the E-number is used on a road which isn't a motorway (notably N49-E34 Zelzate-Knokke). I think they usually use the N number there, so "ref" should have the N-number. can someone confirm this who lives there?

  • The formal situation is this: Antwerpen - Zelzate = E34 (ref=E34; int_ref=E34; nat_ref=A11). Just after the tunnel and junction with R4 west of Zelzate, it switches to nat_ref=N49, but still is int_ref=E34. Road signage continues to reference E34-N49 there, but the moniker 'N49' is so engrained in people's thoughts, that they always mention 'expressweg' or 'N49', not E34. But they also do that for the part Zelzate - Antwerpen, that's officially not N49 anymore, but A11, so YMMV. --Ldp 11:45, 25 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Current tagging for Motorways in Belgium is totally wrong. A road/motorway reference number should be unique. Hence, ref should contain "Ann", not "E nn" which is a european itinerary, not a road number. For example, on this part of motorway near Liege, way 37901492, one can see while driving: E25-E40-E42 but a unique A3 which is actually the reference of the road.--Cordialement, gerdami 21:03, 22 August 2013 (UTC)