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What's New in ArcGIS Roads and Highways and ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing (May 2024)

ArcGIS Roads and Highways and ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing are extension products that support measure-based data management for linear assets (roads, railroads, pipelines, etc.).

The latest ArcGIS Pro 3.3 and ArcGIS Enterprise 11.3 releases of these products include several exciting new features and enhancements, such as support for:

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ArcGIS Enterprise Capabilities

Experience Builder LRS widgets

The next generation web experience for querying, editing, and analysis of LRS data is here! These Experience Builder widgets are designed specifically for use with Pipeline Referencing and Roads and Highways data and will appear in the list of available widgets under the Location Referencing section when creating experiences using Experience Builder. Widgets can be deployed individually for specific applications, such as a pipeline search or crash entry app, or with multiple widgets in an application, for example, as a replacement to the Event Editor app. The first group of widgets in this release include:

Address Management Support

Local government agencies are responsible for maintaining addressing data to support the implementation and use of next generation 911 along with growing management and maintenance needs for roadways and their characteristics within their jurisdiction. We are happy to report that ArcGIS Roads and Highways now supports management of address and roadway characteristics together. Two approaches are available to you depending on your business needs.

Integration with Esri’s Address Data Management Solution

If you are looking for an out-of-the-box option that combines address and roadway management, ArcGIS Roads and Highways can now be deployed with the Address Data Management (ADM) solution. This integration allows you to manage address data alongside roadway data in a single geodatabase. This data can then be edited/maintained using Roads and Highways and ADM tools within ArcGIS Pro, allowing it to be maintained by a single user in a single application. We have added new and enhanced tools to support the configuration, editing, and analysis of address and roadway characteristic data together. These include:

Support for Other Addressing Approaches

For those of you who are interested in support for address data with roadway management within ArcGIS Roads and Highways in a custom configuration that aligns with your specific business needs, the address integration patterns within the product now allow for flexibility. If utilizing the Address Data Management solution and maintaining address attributes on centerlines is not a desired pattern, addressing fields can also be modeled to be stored on LRS Events.

The Configure Address Feature Classes geoprocessing tool allows the configuration of address block ranges on the centerline or LRS Events within a Roads and Highways deployment. You can choose which approach best fits with your business needs and model the data accordingly. Irrespective of which feature class in the LRS is selected to support this address information, you will still be able to maintain and edit this data via ArcGIS Pro and include the address attributes in dynamic segmentation alongside roadway characteristics such as speed limit and number of lanes.

Additional ArcGIS Pro Capabilities

Other new tools and enhanced capabilities within ArcGIS Pro include snap event behavior support in Retire Route and a new option for calibration points to snap to an existing vertex when impacted by a Cartographic Realignment.

Snap Event Behavior in Retire Route

If you model concurrent routes within your LRS Network(s), snap event behavior is now available when using the Retire Route tool. When a portion or the entirety of a route is retired and there are one or more routes that are concurrent or overlapping with the retired section, snap behavior will utilize the route dominance rules configured in the LRS to determine which of those concurrent routes to “snap” the event to. The result is the event(s) don’t change location, instead they have a new routeID(s) and measure(s) assigned as it’s now associated with a different route that remains at the location where the original route was retired.

Snap to Existing Vertex Calibration Point Option in Cartographic Realignment

A new option for calibration points impacted by a cartographic realignment called snap to vertex is now available. When a centerline is updated in a cartographic realignment and this option is selected, any calibration points that are within the section that was cartographically realigned will snap to the same vertex that they were associated with before the centerline shape changed. This is especially useful for Pipeline Referencing users who model calibration points along their routes at specific locations, such as points of inflection, as they can ensure a specific vertex and calibration point remains at the location after the centerline shape changes.

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About the authors

Nathan Easley is a Product Owner and team lead for the Location Referencing extension at Esri. For the last 11 years he's worked to research and implement linear referencing capabilities into the Location Referencing products, ArcGIS Roads and Highways and ArcGIS Pipeline Referencing.


I am a Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Esri who is responsible for messaging, positioning, and branding for an elite portfolio of products. Outside of work, I love traveling and I am a novice birder!

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