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Public-images-osm logo.svg surface = compacted
Compacted forest track no1.jpg
Describes the surface of a feature as unpaved compacted. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: properties
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: de facto

A mixture of larger (e.g., gravel typically 20mm) and smaller (e.g., sand) parts, compacted (e.g., with a roller), so the surface is more stable than loose gravel. Best sort of ways below paving with asphalt, concrete, paving stones. Sometimes known as water-bound macadam. Mixture and compacting leads to more grip and stability.

It degrades quicker than surface=asphalt. Roads with slight degradation - for example with some potholes, slight accumulation of dirt or losing small amounts of small parts remains surface=compacted.

Tag smoothness=* may help in adding further detail.