An access path is a custom route restriction, typically used to connect a marker location with a street location. The access path dictates the direction of travel permitted along itself by vehicles. This direction can be bidirectional, allowing travel in either direction along the path, or directional: permitting either entry to, or departure from, the marker to an external location on the road network.
This feature allows users to control where vehicles can and cannot enter and exit from the marker's area to the surrounding road network.
When you create a marker, a default access point is automatically created. This default access path links the marker to the closest point on the road network in a straight line. You can edit the default access path and you can add additional access paths.
To create a new access path:
- In Edit mode, click the Access Path icon .
- Click the marker then drag the light green line to the point on the road network where you want vehicles to enter or exit the marker's yard.
- A green line connects the marker and the road network in a straight line. You can now create an additional access path or edit the access path.
If you want to create an access path that enters the road network at the point that is closest to the marker, select the Snap to street check box on the Shape tab > Access Path section. You must have the access path selected and the access path must not have any drag points.
Manually Drawing an Access Path
It is useful to manually draw access paths in cases where the roads within a marker's yard do not exist in the map data, because they are driveways or private roads. When you manually draw access paths you can specify an exact custom route around a larger area, such as a parking lot or depot yard.
To manually draw an access path:
- Make sure you are on the Shape tab in Edit mode.
- Click the green access path line on the map to create a drag point.
- Drag this point to the desired location.
- Create more drag points and drag them to points along the access path route on the map, until you have created the desired access path.
- Click Save in the Marker Details pop-up.
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