I live in the most sparsely-populated county in New York south of the Adirondacks. That being the case, almost none of the roads here had been captured before I started doing it myself.
At first, I wanted to capture all the “major” roads (I use the word “major” very loosely here) and some of the minor roads. But I think I may be doing mappers and the public in general more of a favor by concentrating on the numbered County roads, especially the treacherous ones that really should be avoided if at all possible.
The reason I say this is because when I first moved here about 10 years ago, various navigation programs routed me over “roads” that were really more like single-lane trails with thousand-foot escarpments and no guard rails. I’m talking really, really bad roads that even the locals avoid.
Usually the problems with the numbered roads aren’t so dramatic. Most of them aren’t dangerous, but many are narrow with lots of bends and less-than-wonderful surfaces. Also, most of the numbered roads have no posted speed limits, which most folks mistakenly think means 55 mph in New York. But it doesn’t. It means prima facie with a maximum of 55 mph.
Because of this, many nav apps assume 55 mph for these roads and calculate accordingly, which mainly throws off ETA’s when a road can’t realistically be driven at that speed because of its twists and turns, width, surface conditions, and so forth. It would, I think, be good to have pictures of these roads online for both mappers and the public at large to see what kind of roads they are.
So in a nutshell, I think I need to shift focus from the bigger roads to the secondary and tertiary roads. It’s a decent bet that a State or US highway is probably a decent, paved road. The guesswork comes with the smaller secondary and tertiary roads. I think that’s where I can do the most good.
Opinions are welcome. Thank you.