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How do I make my streets look smooth and create intersections that don't have overlapping lines?

November 06 2007 | 1 comment
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Cartographic Design, Cartographic Effects

How do I make my streets look smooth and create intersections that don't have overlapping lines?

Mapping Center Answer:

Smooth streets with clean intersections. I have two tricks for this:

1.  Use the Endpoint Arc Tool when digitizing segments of streets. Tip within the trick: you can use this when creating new features or when using the Reshape edit task.

2.  Clean intersections can be done by using Snapping, which can sometimes miss and snap to the wrong thing (but it works at the ArcView license level). To avoid that I actually build a geometric network (requires ArcEditor or ArcInfo license), and that actually forces proper connectivity as you edit; and is definitely the easy way to do this task. You can build a geometric network for your existing streets and as you edit them the get cleaned up.

Use Symbol Levels posted by bert de ocampo on Jun 1 2010 8:11PM
or you can simply right click on your street layer from the TOC and click "Use Symbol Levels"

Cheers!

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