U.S. Highways &
Major Roads

Provider: Pitney Bowes Business Insight

The U.S. Highways and Major Roads product includes Interstates, U.S. highways, State highways and major roads. The database’s three-tiered classification system identifies roads based on their mobility characteristics: limited access, unlimited access, and major roads.

Highways and Major Roads offers exceptionally strong nationwide routing for trucking, touring, traffic analysis, and large scale mapping applications.

Whether you need to lay fiber, conduct a retail store site analysis, track trucking shipments across the country, or see which of your customers fall within a flood plain, Major Roads and Highways can add value to your presentation or analysis.

Data are available in MapInfo and in ArcGIS formats.

Layers

Layers include:

  • Exit Signs: The Exits layer displays the exit points for primary highways across the US. The points are placed on segment ends that have an exit. The record for each exit includes the name of the highway containing the exit, the exit name or number, and the name of the highway that intersects with the exit.
  • Primary Highways-Thinned: This layer was extracted from Primary Highways. The roads are thinned and some short segments were eliminated. This layer is useful for showing the road network at higher zoom levels with better display time. In the workspaces provided, this layer is displayed from 100,000 to 600 miles. At zoom levels of 600 miles and lower, this table is replaced by US_primary_Hwy, which displays the detailed road network.
  • Urban Areas: The Urban Area layer contains US Census bureau definitions of boundaries that consist of an area or a central place(s) and adjacent urban fringes, that together have a minimum residential population of at least 50,000 people and generally an overall population density of at least 1,000 people per square mile of land area.
  • Cities: The Cities layers represent US city point information in various zoom levels. As the user zooms in and out different tables are displayed showing different levels of information. Its recommend that the user open these tables using the supplied workspaces to utilize the zoom levels effectively. These layers include information useful for ranged, feature, and label themes.
  • State Boundaries: This layer displays all US state boundaries and has information about the state name, abbreviation, and FIPS code.
  • Major Roads: This layer contains state and county highways and includes the same information, as primary and secondary highways: state abbreviation, county FIPS code, and toll. In the provided workspaces this layer is displayed differently, depending on the zoom level. For zoom levels of 50 to 200 miles the layers appears as single dark grey line. At zoom levels of 50 miles or less, the layer is drawn as a double grey line with an interleave at intersections.
  • Major Road Ramps: This layer represents the exit ramps for all major highways in the US. The layer contains information about the state and county FIPS code and whether or not the ramp contains a toll. Using the provided workspaces, this layer is displayed at zoom levels of 20 miles and lower.
  • Primary Highways: This layer is useful at zoom levels below 600 miles. For zoom levels above 600 miles we have provided US_primary_HWY1, which has similar, but thinned, information allowing for a faster display without all the unnecessary detail provided in this layer. Use the provided workspaces for best results.
  • Primary Ramps: This layer represents the exit ramps for all primary highways in the US. The layer contains information about the state and county FIPS code and whether or not the ramp contains a toll. Using the provided workspaces, this layer is displayed at zoom levels of 20 miles and lower.
  • Secondary Highways: This layer shows all secondary highways and includes information about state abbreviation, county FIPS code, and whether the road is a toll road or not. In the provided workspaces this layer is displayed differently depending on the zoom level. At zoom levels from 100 to 600 miles, the layer appears as a single green line. At zoom levels of 100 miles or less, the layer is drawn as a double green line with an interleave at the intersections.
  • Secondary Ramps: This layer represents the exit ramps for all secondary highways in the US. The layer contains information about the state and county FIPS code and whether or not the ramp contains a toll. Using the provided workspaces, this layer is displayed at zoom levels of 20 miles and lower.
  • Interstate Highways: The Interstate Highway Shield layer is a point layer. At every location of a shield are two points to provide the color. One point provides the blue bottom color and the other point provides the red top color. The text describing the highway number is drawn from the autolabel on the shield layer.
  • U.S. Route Highways: The U.S Route Highway Shield layer is a point layer. At every location of a shield are two points to provide the color. One point provides the background white color and the other point provides the exterior black ring. The text describing the highway number is drawn from the autolabel on the shield layer.

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