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West Virginia, United States, North America
|latitude: 38.5, longitude: -80.5|
|Browse map of West Virginia 38°30′00.00″ N, 80°30′00.00″ W|
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Publicly available resources useful for mapping in West Virginia:
- WVDOT Open Data Portal hosts GIS data provided by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.
- West Virginia Division of Highways GIS County Maps provides general highway maps in PDF format.
- MapWV.gov hosts several static and interactive maps of highways and POIs in West Virginia, many up-to-date.
- West Virginia GIS Technical Center hosts the state GIS Data Clearinghouse.
For help with mapping in West Virginia, check out
#local-west-virginia in the OSMUS Slack.
- Gilmer County (Sterling) – somewhat thorough mapping.
- ottwiz's forest landcover project all over the state
- Named Trails in West Virginia
- [You can add your project that you are working on in West Virginia.]
Road tagging guidelines
A general road tagging guideline can be found under United States roads tagging. Read carefully before touching any elements!
- Main article: Interstate Highway relations
Interstate highways should be tagged as highway=motorway and ref=I num (without a hyphen), and their route relations with network=US:I. Interstate ramps onto or from a motorway should be tagged as highway=motorway_link; destination=* tags should be added according to signage.
- Main article: United States roads tagging § U.S. Highways
Most US highways in West Virginia will be tagged highway=primary, though this is not a hard and fast rule; some non-motorway divided highways (such as US 50 between Parkersburg and Clarksburg) are more appropriately tagged as highway=trunk. Controlled-access highways occasionally exist near (relatively) major cities, and should be tagged in the same fashion as an Interstate Highway. Tag all US highways as ref=US num, and their route relations with network=US:US.
Most state highways in West Virginia can be either tagged highway=primary or highway=secondary, depending on the usage; occasional exceptions do exist, such as highway=trunk. Tag all state routes with ref=WV num, and their route relations with network=US:WV.
Do note that the WV Department of Transportation uses the term “trunk” in a different way than OSM does. For example, WV 5 between Glenville and I-79 is considered a trunk road by the WVDOT, but would only be considered highway=primary by OSM standards as it is (relatively) low-volume.
Most county highways—technically secondary state highways as they are managed by the WVDOT—are most often tagged as highway=unclassified, highway=residential, or highway=tertiary. Tag all county routes with either ref=CR num for “whole number” routes, or ref=CR numerator/denominator for “fractional” (spur) routes (e.g. ref=CR 220/7 for the sign displayed on the right); tag their route relations with network=US:WV:County.
Beware that TIGER can be notoriously inaccurate for county routes, especially small spur roads. Real-world examples[note 1] of such inexactitude include (but are assuredly not limited to): a ten-meter driveway being displayed as “State Route 47” on the latest TIGER overlay; ref=CR 7/3 being erroneously tagged name=County Route 73 in the original TIGER import; and three roads with identical names intersecting each other in the 2016 shapefiles.
Home Access Road Program (HARP)
HARP roads are almost always highway=residential. Tag all HARP roads with either ref=HARP num for “whole number” routes, or ref=HARP numerator/denominator for “fractional” routes, similar to the county route scheme; tag their route relations with network=US:WV:HARP.
Park and forest routes
- Main article: United States roads tagging § Tagging Forest Roads
Roads in nature reserves (i.e. parks) can generally be tagged as highway=unclassified or highway=path; use discretion as appropriate. National Forest Roads will use either ref=NF num for primary forest routes, or ref=FR num for secondary forest routes. State Park and Forest roads (depicted right, though generally unsigned on-the-ground) are notated as ref=PFR num.
Other mapping information
|Imagery layer||Coverage||Resolution||Age in years||Alignment||Tree leaves|
|Bing aerial imagery||Statewide||Medium to High||1–11[note 2]||Depends||Depends|
|Esri Clarity Beta||Statewide||30 cm||11[note 4]||Good||On|
|Mapbox Satellite||Charleston, Huntington and surrounding areas||High||5||Good||Off|
|Outside Charleston and Huntington||Medium||2–7||Depends||Depends|
|National Agricultural Imagery Program||Statewide||Low||2[note 5]||Good||On|
|WVGISTC Best Leaf-off[note 6]||Statewide (by county)||High||1–6||Good||Off|
Note that Mapbox and Esri take the imagery mostly from Maxar.
- As spotted by Sterling.
- The age can be found by the metadata on the particular tile. This applies to the metro area as well.
- The Esri map viewer is useful for checking the age of a given tile.
- The Esri Clarity map viewer is useful for checking the age of a given tile.
- As of May 13, 2021, 2020 imagery in West Virginia imagery is now available, according to the USDA Geospatial Data Giveaway.
- The legality of using Dataset 442 imagery on OpenStreetMap is uncertain, at best; proceed with caution.
- West Virginia Code §17-4-1.
- West Virginia Department of Highways. “As a Matter of Fact…”. p. II-1 .
- The value of network=* should be
US:WV:Countyverbatim, not replaced with the name of the county (such as
US:WV:Kanawha). "County roads" in West Virginia are actually a state-maintained, state-signed system of secondary roads. Shields are identical in all counties.
- Turnbull, Andrew. “West Virginia Highway Classifications and Route Markers”. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
- Monongahela National Forest GIS Staff (2010). “Dolly Sods Wilderness”.
- Unnamed desk clerk at Cedar Creek State Park (2020). Personal conversation.
- Meng, Christopher. “Add West Virginia high resolution imagery”. Retrieved 2021-05-17.