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The design of highways and motorways in the landscape exists of high and lows, dotted with embankment=yes, but there’s a lack of cutting=yes. Is there an explanation for it or should it be a good thing to ad cutting as well in situations where a way has been dug into a rock or hill ?

asked 21 Jan '17, 22:23

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Which area are you looking at?

(22 Jan '17, 11:37) Hjart

The explanation most likely is that those who edited the highways you are looking at just didn't care to add cutting=yes tags as these tags doesn't really have any importance for navigation. If you feel for it though, you are welcome to add them. Please be aware of The KISS principle though (avoid adding too much unneeded complexity).

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answered 22 Jan '17, 12:08

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edited 22 Jan '17, 12:08

Hi Hjart thanks, you are referring to a principle that has been forgotten a long time ago. Have a look at the large number of POI's as shops with closing times, trades and so on. An extra tag for a highway won’t mess things up and you’re always able to make your own minor selection to use in your GPS is it not ?

(22 Jan '17, 22:40) Hendrikklaas

Yes, you can always make your own selection, but please remember that all those highways are edited by humans and that each time we add a tag or split a road the burden of maintenance increases a little bit. Note that I'm saying this as someone who at this point is "last modifier" of 250k segments of highway and tend to spend a lot of time guiding less experienced contributors as well as fixing their mistakes. It all adds up.

(22 Jan '17, 23:18) Hjart

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