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June 10, 2014 9:18 PM Subscribe
How can I tell Google Maps and GPS navigation systems that there has been a gate across part of my road since the mid-90s?
posted by Lou Stuells to Travel & Transportation (7 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My road leads into the back end of a state park. Where the road leaves residential land and continues into the park, there is a gate across to block automobiles from traveling into or out of the park. So essentially, 200 yards past my house it's a dead-end, unless you're on a bike or a horse. It's lovely!
The only problem is, no one told Google or Garmin or TomTom or whatever that the gate is there, even though it's been there since 1997 or so. The roads through the park would be the most direct route from the main highway to my house... if not for the gate. So whenever someone comes to my house from the direction of the highway and most of civilization, I have to give a convoluted explanation about how their satellite navigation system will send them on a route that leads them through the state park and leaves them stranded behind a gate, 200 yards away from my driveway, very confused.
I always explain. But naturally people would rather listen to the authority of the car computer, and they end up getting stuck. I have to create a long explanation about how they should set their destination to the business at the corner of the road that leads to my house from the OTHER direction, and here's why, because park! gate! stranded!.
It's tiresome. It's me writing this post, every single time.
Is there a way to get the maps updated? Can I contact or notify or something? If the gate is on the map, I get back all these wasted minutes of my life. What can I do?