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Working with a Street's Properties

Note: Some of the options described are purchasable and may not appear. Contact your Omnitracs sales representative for more information about acquiring additional features.

The Properties tab displays the Street Attributes, such as the address, speed limit, and any restrictions on the street. If you are using historical travel speeds, a second tab displays those speeds. If you are simply viewing the information, you can not change it. However, if you want to enter or change any of the properties for a selected street, click on the Edit Street icon.
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Once you are in edit mode, additional icons appear that allow you to make, cancel, or save changes.

To cancel any changes you have made, returning the segment to the last saved properties, click the Cancel icon.
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To save the changes you have made to the street segment, click the Save icon.
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To delete the selected street segment, click on the Delete Street icon.
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To change the shape of the street, such as if a curve is not properly reflected in the map data, click the Change Shape icon. Round points appear on the street segment; click and drag one of the points to change the shape at that point.
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To change the shape in an area of the street segment that does not have a round point, click at that point on the segment and a round point appears. Drag the new point to the desired place.

Hint: When you are changing the shape of a street on the map, you may want to have satellite maps showing. To have satellite maps displayed, click the arrow button and choose Satellite in map style.

Street Attributes

The Street Attributes pane displays all the attributes for the selected street segment(s). Not all the street attributes are applicable to all street segments; for instance a local road probably will not have a route name or shield. After the address information, the street attributes are divided into two sections - Travel Info and Restrictions. Travel Info includes speeds and other information that determines how long it would take to traverse the segment, while Restrictions may affect which vehicles can travel on the segment. The street attributes are described below.

# - the street number for the address. For instance, if the address is 849 Fairmount Ave., the street number is 849.
Note: When you are editing a street address range, a black dot appears on the map to indicate which end and side of the street you are working with.

Prefix - the prefix for the address. For instance, if the address is 849 N. Fairmount Ave., the prefix is N.

Suffix - the portion of the address identifying a part of the city. For instance if the address is 849 Fairmount Ave., NW Washington, the suffix is NW.

Name - the name of the street. For instance, if address is 849 Fairmount Ave., the name is Fairmount.

Type - the type of street, such as road or avenue. For instance, if address is 849 Fairmount Ave., the type is Ave.

City - the city the address is located in. For instance, if the address is 849 Fairmount Ave. Baltimore, MD the city is Baltimore.

County - the county the address is located in.

State - the state or province. Enter the 2 character code. For instance, Maryland would be entered as MD.

Postal Code - the zip, zip+4, or postal code for the address.

County - the county the segment is located in

Travel Info

Road Class - click the arrow and choose the proper type of road. The most common choices will likely be interstate, primary, secondary, or local.

Posted Speed - the speed posted on the segment. Enter the speed in miles per hour (MPH).

Travel Speed - the speed used to calculate the amount of time it takes to travel the speed segment. Enter the speed in miles per hour (MPH).

Truck Posted Speed - the speed for trucks posted on the segment. Enter the speed in miles per hour (MPH).

Loadable - check if traffic can enter the segment from a driveway or other "non-street". Generally, segments are loadable unless it is a ramp or expressway that is only accessed by a ramp.

Disabled - check if the segment is disabled so no equipment will be routed on it.

One Way - check if traffic can only travel one direction on the segment, such as if the segment is part of a one way street or a divided highway. Arrows indicate the direction of the traffic flow. To change the direction of the segment, click the Change Direction icon.
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Restrictions

Physical Height - enter the maximum height of equipment that can travel on the segment. For instance, if there is an overpass on the segment that could restrict equipment that can pass under, enter the height of the overpass.

Legal Height - enter the maximum height of equipment that legally can travel on the segment. For instance, a town may have a law that restricts the equipment height that is different than the physical height.

Physical Weight - enter the maximum weight of equipment that can travel on the segment. For instance, if there is a bridge on the segment that could restrict equipment, enter the maximum weight allowed on the bridge.

Legal Weight - enter the maximum weight of equipment that legally can travel on the segment. For instance, a town may have a law that restricts the equipment weight that is different than the physical weight.

Width - enter the maximum width of equipment that can travel on the segment. For instance, if there is a narrow portion of the segment, that could restrict the equipment that can pass through, enter the width.

Length - enter the maximum length of equipment that can travel on the segment.

Restricted Commercial Vehicles - check if equipment marked as commercially restricted is not allowed on the segment. Omnitracs Navigation will not direct commercially restricted equipment on these segments.

The bottom part of the panel only applies if the street segment is an interstate or other road type that has multiple names or identifiers.

Route Name - the route name or number. This may be different that the name the road is known locally by, such as Dulaney Valley Rd., which is also known as MD-146. The shield and direction will only apply to the route tab you are on.

Shield - click the arrow and choose the proper type of shield for the segment not available if road does not have a numeric portion in the route name

Direction - click the arrow and choose the direction for the segment. This option is used for segments where traffic only flows one direction, such as a one-way street or divided highway; it is not available if the segment is a bi-directional street segment.

Historical Travel Speeds - if available, displays the travel speed of the segment based on historical traffic data. This speed can not be changed.

Historical Travel Speeds

If you have historical travel speeds for your roads, you can update the speeds as needed. There are eight defined time periods, and the current historical travel speed for that time period is displayed. Some things to remember when editing the travel speeds:

  • All times use a 24 hour clock, so 3:00 PM appears as 15:00.
  • The days that the time period applies to are black. There are separate time periods for Monday through Thursday, Friday, and then Saturday and Sunday.

To update the historical travel speed for a time period, find the proper day and time period. Enter the new speed in the box.

Note: If a road segment doesn't have any travel speeds based on historical traffic data, the background of the entry field will be red. When a value is entered the red background will turn to white.

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