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Vermont, United States

latitude: 43.87, longitude: -72.48
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Vermont is a state in the United States at latitude 43°52′12.00″ North, longitude 72°28′48.00″ West.

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All of the TIGER (US Census) data has been loaded, but needs lots of cleanup and merging with the previous data.

Since there are multiple governments involved in building/maintaing roads, and there doesn't seem to be usable corrilation of what they call a road to the types used in OpenStreetMap, road types need to be done by judgement. The following guidelines are for urban areas, and are loosend for rural and tighted in dense urban to avoid making everything secondary or larger in an area.

State Routes

Vermont/State Route Relations is a page for tracking the progress of placing highways into relations within Vermont.

Types of Roads in Vermont

Roads Designed for Long Distance Travel at High Speeds

Interstate Highways

United States Interstate highways are highway=motorway with very few exceptions. In Vermont, I-89 and I-91 should be highway=motorway for their entire length.

  • I-89
  • I-91

Controlled Access Highways

Highways which are limited access, are divided, and are designed and maintained for high speed, long distance travel. These roads have a speed limit and average speeds considerably higher than the state maximum of 55 mph. These roads effectively provide the same level of service as the national interstate system. These roads should also be tagged highway=motorway.

These roads have ALL of the following features:

  • limited access
  • divided highway
  • Designed and Maintained to support the average speeds higher than the 55 mph state speed limit.
  • Facilitate long distance travel at high speeds, or provide service in or between the more heavily populated areas of the state.


  • US Route 4 between Rutland and N.Y State

Higher Speed/ Capacity Roads Which Do Not Meet All Criteria for Controlled Access Highways

This category is difficult to define as they basically are roads which fall somewhere between the category above and the category below. These roads meet some but not all of the features for the above category, but they frequently support higher speeds and/or capacities than standard two-lane, 55 mph speed limit roads.

These roads will be either highway=primary or highway=trunk. The trunk tag is typically used for roads which are more similar to the two above categories while the primary tag is typically used for roads which are more similar to the roads in the categories below.


  • Route 289 (Essex)
  • US 7 - Sections near Bennington

Roads in Federal or State Road Networks

This category is composed of all roads which are part of the national and/or state road network, but which don't fall into the category above. In Vermont, these roads are generally designed and maintained as more standard 2-way, 2-lane highways with a speed limit no higher than 50 or 55 mph.

Regionally (NY/NE region) and/or Nationally Important Roads

US Highways

US Highways will typically be tagged highway=primary. Exceptions which should be tagged as secondary may exist which serve smaller population corridors or for which better alternative routes/roads exist along similar or parallel paths.

Anything that is more than two lanes for a considerable distance but is not limited access most likely falls into this category.

Long distance routes connecting to other states and/or primary routes connecting VTs cities, two lanes but possibly busy. (i.e. US 5, 302, two lane sections of Rt. 7, Rt. 4)


  • US 4 East of Rutland - The section west of Rutland falls into the controlled access highway category, above.
  • US 5
  • US 7 - Sections which do not generally utilize features of controlled or limited access highways.
State Highways
  • Longer distance routes within the state (i.e. Route 100, Route 14)
  • Slightly shorter, less busy roads between towns (i.e. Route 110, 113)
    • Still paved, but could potentially be pretty quiet roads.
  • Roads connecting the above and gap roads. Well maintained dirt and/or pavement surface
    • May be narrow enough that cars need to slow or stop to pass.
    • If dirt, can be traveled w/o problem most of the year by most/all vehicles

Residential roads - Primarily serve traffic ending/originating on that road

  • Urban(ish) areas, With (most likely with) Sidewalk
    • Usually within a block/grid pattern.
    • Quiet and calm enough that kids may even ride bikes or play basketball in the street.
  • Rural areas, Without (most likely without) Sidewalk
    • These roads either dead end or provide a considerably lower level of service (and lower traffic volume) between two points than a higher level street.
    • May serve agricultural traffic.

Tagging ideas for Vermont

      • These have just been copied from the California page. We may want to change these designations as we do not have as large of roads in this state.


Access via on/off ramps with merge lanes, divided road of at least 2 lanes each direction. Called "Freeway". Speed limits generally 55MPH or higher.


May have cross traffic, but traffic flow on the trunk always has the right of way. Speed limits usually 45 MPH or higher.


Three lanes or more each traffic direction. 35 MPH or faster. Handles large volumes of traffic.


Two lanes of traffic each direction. 35 MPH or faster. Medium-high traffic volumes.


Lower traffic volumes on wide streets, or higher on narrow ones.


Single traffic lane each direction. 35 MPH or slower.


Single traffic lane each direction, abbuters residential. Usually 25 MPH or slower. May have traffic bumps and other "traffic calming" measuers.

If something has a state or federal highway number, it gets classified higher if there is a question.


Don't forget to check copyright information:

Usage grant for VGCI data

(Also recorded in Potential Datasources)

Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VGCI) - The Warranty & Copyright notice mentions only that non-value added sale is prohibited:

"4.1 For all products, services, Internet Website, and data the direct, non-value added, reproduction of State of Vermont or VCGI’s products, services, Website, or data with intent to sell and without the written consent of VCGI."

In response to a request for clarification, the following statement was received from John E. Adams AICP, Director of the Vermont Center for Geographic Information. (Adamfranco (talk) 14:52, 21 September 2017 (UTC))

"The State of Vermont Center for Geographic Information has no objections to geodata derived in part from data-sets published by the Vermont Center for Geographic Information in the Vermont Open Geodata Portal being incorporated into the OpenStreetMap project geodata database and released under a free and open license."


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Burlington, Vermont