How to Notify Google Maps to Update New Roads

by John Ruiz
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Google Maps is a convenient online tool to use if you want to show other people where you live or the location of a particular place. Although many cities are fully detailed, complete with roads and other points of interest, some areas may not show newly constructed roads. Google Map Maker allows you draw the new road yourself and notify Google Maps for approval so other Google Maps users can see your edits, providing they are accurate.

Step 1

Go to the Google Map Maker website (see Resource). If you see the "Enrich Google Maps with your local knowledge" dialog, click the "X" button on the upper-right corner of the dialog to close it.

Step 2

Click on the search box and type any location or road that is close to the place where the new roads should be. Click the "Search" button icon that depicts a magnifying glass to see the area on the map.

Step 3

Click the "Add New" button and click "Add Roads, Rivers, Railways." Click "Road" from the category list to switch to the "Drawing Road" tool.

Step 4

Click on a spot on the map where the new road begins. Draw the rest of the road by adding additional points. Press the "Enter" key on your keyboard to finish the road.

Click on the "Name" text box on the "Adding Road" sidebar and enter the exact name of the new road. Fill out the rest of the road details and click the "Save" button to notify Google Maps about the new road.


  • If you cannot click the "Add New" button, click the "Sign In" button on the upper right corner of the Google Map Maker window and log in to your Google account.


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About the Author

John Ruiz began his writing career in 2008 as a freelancer writing for eHow and various technology, software and hardware blogs. He has been designing websites since 2002. Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Science in information technology and web design from AMA Computer University.

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