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In my area there are a few roads through a military area that are tagged inconsistently. Some are "service road" and some are "unclassified road". I am pretty sure they should be the same thing, but I don't know which one. And I don't know what other tags I should put there. Some context:

  • There are a couple roads that lead through the military area. They are somewhat useful connections between surrounding areas.
  • They are quite nice to ride on. Well maintained and nice forest.
  • The roads are normally open to non-motorized civilian vehicles or pedestrians.
  • They are closed to motorized civilian vehicles.
  • They are obviously used by military vehicles.
  • Occasionally (rarely) they are closed for the public.
  • If you use them, you have to follow a couple rules, most notably, you can't leave the roads inside the military area and just go through the forest.

asked 14 Sep '21, 15:23

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edited 14 Sep '21, 16:48

It shouldn't make a difference if the roads are inside a military area or not.

First of all the road type (highway=*) should be selected based on its individual importance or function. It could be tertiary, unclassified, track or even something else. Take a look at the descriptions on the wiki to select the best.

Then you have to set the appropriate access tags. From your description I guess it could be motor_vehicle=private and access=permissive, meaning the road is generally open to non-motorized traffic but this permission may be revoked. If there are certain times where the roads are closed generally (e.g. at night or Monday-Wednesday) you should apply conditional restrictions.

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answered 14 Sep '21, 16:54

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Ok, thanks, then I guess tertiary seems reasonable. And service seems inappropriate. I mean, it also serves as the service road for the military facilities, but as a civilian, that's not relevant and it's more like a lower grade connecting road.

(14 Sep '21, 19:09) Bernhard

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