Enhanced Road Layers for Google Earth

New Road Data in Google EarthGoogle just announced new enhanced road layers within Google Earth. The enhancements cover at least the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands – according to the brief announcement at the GEC here:

Jan 18th, 7pm (PST) The road layers have been updated in a number of ways. Have a look in the US, in Canada, in Puerto Rico, and in the US Virgin Islands to see some of the enhancements.

To see the new roads, turn on the Roads layer. The colors are now different for the roads, and look more like those found in Google Local. Also, the roads declutter as you zoom out, and the lines for the roads disappear when you’re close enough to see the roads themselves from the aerial/satellite photography. Some of the road data seems more accurate than before. And, the road data was a bit more up to date at least in one place I looked at.
The decluttering effect seemed to apply to the UK and Italy when I looked, but I didn’t notice a lot of different data for those countries. Anyone else notice something else new?

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I noticed alot of corrections for roads that were slightly off in South Alabama.

  2. I noticed a bunch of roads that used to be labeled by their “state route” number in NC are now labeled by their proper names. Although there are still some nagging misalignments.

  3. Doug Simmonds says:

    Is there a way to correct a road name? Also the road layer is out of alignment with the photo.
    zip 95412.

  4. I am from Bulgaria and the road system there is not shown in google earth corectly. some one knows how to subscribe the roads to google?

  5. I live in Charleston WV on Wilson Road 25312, I noticed that someone has changed the name to
    railroad 10. Where did this come from?
    It is actually Rural Route 10/Wilson Road. Can this be corrected?

  6. Charles N says:

    If you want to make corrections to the map data, please visit http://mapinsight.teleatlas.com and file a report.

  7. Puerto rico lost its route numbers????

  8. I am trying to access the roads for puerto rico. I CANT! get it to cough it up. WTF! I am just looking. Help me anyone.Just kidding guy. but for real looking for some kind of help

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