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GroupHelp translate this into Bangla!: Highways
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should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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StatusHelp translate this into Bangla!in use

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

This is a useful guideline if you are not sure whether to use residential or unclassified for streets in towns:

  • residential – street or road generally used for local traffic within settlement.
  • unclassified – Unclassified roads typically form the lowest form of the interconnecting grid network (below highway=tertiary roads). Roads serving for interconnection of small settlements. Use residential rather than unclassified on the road section if there are traffic restrictions (such as slower speed limits) or traffic calming features near small settlements. (See also highway=unclassified.)

See also:

  • highway=living_street - a street where pedestrians have priority over cars, children can play on the street, maximum speed is low.
  • surface=* - the surface of the street

How to map


To map a residential way nothing else other than a simple way is required. Add the highway=residential tag to it and a name=* if appropriate.


Picture/Description Tags Mapnik
a simple residential way. a way way with


United States – TIGER data import

Further information: TIGER fixup#Wrong highway classifications

The large scale TIGER data input of United States street data overused the highway=residential tag. A significant proportion of these roads could be tagged as highway=unclassified, under the guideline mentioned above, or possibly highway=tertiary.