Major Highways

This page last updated: 11/25/2009
Metadata created using Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

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1. Overview
2. Data Quality
3. Data Organization
4. Coordinate System
5. Attributes
6. Distribution - Get Data
7. Metadata Reference

Section 1 Overview
Originator Metropolitan Council
Title Major Highways
Abstract This layer contains single lines representing the major highways in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The lines are derived from the Functional Class Roads layer (also developed by the Metropolitan Council) and the Lawrence Group street centerline shapefile. Attributes include road name, type, highway number, and a code defining interstate highways (Y/N).

This layer is intended to be used just to show the major highways for reference and cartographic purposes. Since divided highways are represented with just one centerline, there are accuracy and scale limitations for using this layer.

Major highways were included if they met one of the following criterion:
1) An Interstate or U.S. Highway
2) A State Highway or County Road AND classified as a Principal Arterial by the Council's Functional Class Roads Layer
Purpose This layer is intended for use as a cartographic element to represent major highways on small scale maps of 1:50,000 or higher. The ArcGIS layer file included with this shapefile also has embedded properties which allow the user to label the major highways with the appropriate highway shields using dynamic labels.
Time Period of Content Date 11/25/2009
Currentness Reference Includes linework from the most recent TLG street centerline dataset released prior to time period of content date above.
Progress Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency As Needed
Spatial Extent of Data Twin Cities seven county metropolitan area. This includes the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington in Minnesota.
Bounding Coordinates -94.021571
Place Keywords Twin Cities, Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Scott County, Washington County
Theme Keywords roads, streets, highways, functional class, principal arterials, centerlines, major roads, transportation
Theme Keyword Thesaurus None
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Contact Person Information Matt McGuire, GIS Specialist
Metropolitan Council
390 Robert Street North
St. Paul, Minnesota  55101-1805
Phone: 651-602-1964
Fax: 651-602-1674
Browse Graphic Click to view a data sample
Associated Data Sets - TLG Street Centerline and Address Range dataset.
- Functional Class Roads.

Section 2 Data Quality
Attribute Accuracy Data attributes were entered and checked by Metropolitan Council GIS staff.

Major Highway Names were double-checked for consistency with the TLG Street Centerline Layer.
Logical Consistency The dataset is topologically 'clean'.
Completeness Entire seven county geographic area is covered.
Horizontal Positional Accuracy Positional accuracy varies throughout the dataset. For undivided highways, most line work in most counties falls within the road right of way, often near the center. For divided highways, all attempts were made to ensure the centerline fell between the two directional sections of the roadway. See the metadata on TLG Street Centerlines for comments about the positional accuracy of that dataset, which was used as a reference layer for this layer.
Lineage To create this dataset, the principal arterials from the latest functional class roads layer, the 2000 Digital Ortho Photographs, and the TLG Street Centerline layer were used as a backdrop for aligning major highway centerlines. For divided highways, a single line was centered between the directional halves, using heads-up digitizing, usually at a scale of 1:5000 or 1:10,000 . For undivided highways, TLG Street Centerlines were traced. No ramps were included, and major highway intersections were represented by simplified splits to facilitate cartographic representations on small scale maps.

Section 3 Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4 Coordinate System
Horizontal Coordinate Scheme Universal Transverse Mercator
UTM Zone Number 15
Horizontal Datum NAD83
Horizontal Units meters

Section 5 Attributes

ISTATE: Boolean Y/N value for Interstates, used for display.

TYPE: Interstate, US Highway, State Highway, or County Road.

HWY_N: Number (and letter) designation of the major highway, ie "35W".
Used for labeling with Highway Shields

NAME: Concatenation of the previous two fields, ie "US Highway
61". Used for traditional labeling and identification.
Detailed Citation None
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Section 6 Distribution
Publisher Metropolitan Council
Publication Date Unpublished material
Contact Person Information Jon Hoekenga, GIS System Administrator
Metropolitan Council
390 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN  55101-1805
Phone: 651.602.1561
Distributor's Data Set Identifier Highways
Ordering Instructions This dataset is distributed on the internet by clicking below after 'Online Linkage'. Doing so will tell your browser to download a 'ZIP' file which will contain the following:

- ArcView shape files
- metadata for the dataset (.htm)
- NOTICE.RTF, an important notice about this dataset that can be read by any word processing software.

Additionally, this dataset is available for direct use via one or more map services. More information about what a web mapping service is can be found at The specific map service and layer name for this dataset can be found by clicking the blue or green boxes under the map service column of the DataFinder Catalog at .
Distribution Liability NOTICE: The Geographic Information System (GIS) Data to which this notice is attached are made available pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13). THE GIS DATA ARE PROVIDED TO YOU AS IS AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY AS TO THEIR PERFORMANCE, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. The GIS Data were developed by the Metropolitan Council for its own internal business purposes. The Metropolitan Council does not represent or warrant that the GIS Data or the data documentation are error-free, complete, current, or accurate. You are responsible for any consequences resulting from your use of the GIS Data or your reliance on the GIS Data. You should consult the data documentation for this particular GIS Data to determine the limitations of the GIS Data and the precision with which the GIS Data may depict distance, direction, location, or other geographic features. If you transmit or provide the GIS Data (or any portion of it) to another user, it is recommended that the GIS Data include a copy of this disclaimer and this metadata.
Online Linkage I AGREE to the notice in "Distribution Liability" above. Clicking to agree will begin the download process. See "Ordering Instructions" above for details.

Section 7 Metadata Reference
Metadata Date 11/25/2009
Contact Person Information Jon Hoekenga, GIS System Administrator
Metropolitan Council
390 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN  55101-1805
Phone: 651.602.1561
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage

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