Should we make a new line format (maybe resembling the highway=construction line format) for former roads? The three examples I could think of in the US are the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike, the I-44 rerouting near the Creek Turnpike, and US 66.

asked 07 Mar, 15:32

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It used to be highway=abandoned, as it still is for railways, but some wiki editor has decided that it should be deprecated for highways (with no link to any discussion) and abandoned: used in front of highway instead. One of your examples uses both to be sure...

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answered 07 Mar, 16:50

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I can see the logic in moving "abandoned" to a lifecycle tag on the key - so that you can see what sort of highway it was that was abandoned. Personally, I suspect that either tagging should work, because anyone going out of their way to show abandoned highways on a map or otherwise process the data isn't going to just read the wiki; they're going to look at the data in OSM and ask how people have represented that particular feature.

(07 Mar, 17:12) SomeoneElse ♦
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I think the other reasoning on the preference for the lifecycle prefix is that abandoned roads are often still perfectly serviceable as for example: highway=path.

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