|Indicates a route number that has assigned ref that is not prominently signposted with a reassurance marker.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
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It may be not signposted anywhere at all, what is a typical situation. But in some rare cases there are tiny, unusable by drivers, signs.
The value of this tag follows the same format as ref=*. For example, a way might have unsigned_ref=SR 927B, whereas a relation would have unsigned_ref=927B. This tag should appear on the relation if the entire route has a single reference route number, and on the ways comprising the route in cases of multiple reference route numbers.
This tag has not gone through a formal proposal/voting process. However, it is in common usage.
It is useful in cases where “unsigned” highway routes are typically used by road maintenance crews but not the general public. For example in the United States this tag is popular – there may in fact be signs posted with the route number, but they aren't visible or frequent enough to allow for effective navigation by motorists. Also in other countries, for example in Poland many minor roads have officially assigned codes, but these codes are not used by general public and are not posted anywhere at all or with barely visible signs.
Use unsigned_ref=* for county and township roads that are not as clearly signed as on a state highway on the way.
Road in Poland with a barely visible road reference marker, not intended to be a reassurance used for navigation. Tagged with unsigned_ref=*
Road in Poland with a sign displaying road code in format being readable for driver travelling at motorway speed. Tagged with ref=*
- ref=* - if a route is signed, then use this tag.
- official_ref=* - avoids confusion in cases where there is a tiny sign.
- highway_authority_ref=* - Road reference for internal use by the highway authority
- old_ref:legislative=* - Historical route numbers in certain U.S. states
- noref=* – to explicitly state that there exists no meaningful value for ref=* for an object
- ref:signed=no – can be used to mark that an object has no signed reference code
- unsigned=* - Describes the absence of a sign to survey a property or its existence