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Welcome to the A-Class Review (ACR) page, where Good Articles are judged by our community of editors and may be promoted to A-Class. An A-Class article is defined as one that

Provides a well-written, reasonably clear and complete description of the topic, as described in How to write a great article. It should be of a length suitable for the subject, with a well-written introduction and an appropriate series of headings to break up the content. It should have sufficient external literature references, preferably from reliable, third-party published sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy (peer-reviewed where appropriate). Should be well illustrated, with no copyright problems. At the stage where it could at least be considered for featured article status, corresponds to the "Wikipedia 1.0" standard.

The main goals of ACR are to standardize the quality of all A-Class articles across the Highways WikiProject and its subprojects, and to provide a thorough review process that is similar to FAC without the stress that can come from the FAC process.

If you know of a Good Article that meets this criteria, you can nominate it below. If you are not a significant contributor to the article, you are encouraged to consult a significant contributor prior to nominating. From time to time, current A-Class or Featured Article status are reviewed to ensure that they are still of high quality. Articles that no longer meet the current criteria may be nominated for demotion using the process below.

List-Class articles may also be nominated here, in preparation for the featured list candidate process. However, the A-List designation will not be awarded until 1) 10 nominations have passed the process and 2) of those 10 nominations, all those that have not passed FLC have been judged to meet the A-List standard.


The A-Class review process has a proven track record of helping articles pass at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates:

How does ACR work?[edit]

The WP:Highway ACR process is fairly simple.

  1. An editor nominates an article that he or she feels meets the A-Class criteria. When ACR is busy, editors are urged to have only one open nomination at a time.
  2. The community of editors reviews the article. There is no one way to review an article; some editors specialize in certain aspects of reviewing, such as, but not limited to:
    • Fact checking
    • Judging the reliability of the sources
    • Reference formatting
    • Grammar and prose
    • Image license checks
  3. The nominator addresses the reviewers' concerns by editing the article accordingly.
  4. The reviewers then support or oppose promotion of the article based on how the article progresses. Generally, it takes 3 net supports (that is, three more supports than opposes) for an article to pass ACR.


Initiating a discussion[edit]

Before initiating an A-Class review, please verify the following:

  • The article you wish to nominate is a Good Article.
  • The article has a KML file. If you are nominating a list, KML is encouraged, but not required.
  • You do not already have an open A-Class Review. If you do, please wait until the first review is closed before starting another.

If you can answer yes to all three questions, you may initiate an A-Class review.

  1. Add |ACR=yes to the end of the {{WikiProject Australian Roads}}, {{WikiProject Canada Roads}}, {{WikiProject Highways}}, {{WikiProject Hong Kong Roads}}, {{WikiProject Indian roads}}, {{WikiProject UK Roads}}, or {{WikiProject U.S. Roads}} banner on the article's talk page, and save the edit.
  2. Click the link in the line that reads "Follow this link and fill out the details in the edit window" to preload the nomination page. Fill in the details and save the nomination page.
  3. Add the name of this subpage ({{Wikipedia:WikiProject Highways/Assessment/A-Class Review/Name of nominated article}}) to the end of the Current discussions section below.
  4. Add a link to the discussion on {{USRD Announcements}}, Wikipedia:WikiProject Canada Roads/News/Content and other subproject talk pages or announcement templates.
  5. Consider participating in other open discussions to ensure that they are completed in a timely manner.

Participating in discussions[edit]

Everyone is welcome to participate in these discussions. The A-Class criteria should be used as a guideline and not as hard and fast rules. The most important part of each A-Class review is the review of the written prose designed to make sure that the content in the article is clear, complete, and formatted consistently with our MOS and other guidelines. We require two or three editors to perform a prose review for each nomination. Each review takes shape in its own way, but typically, editors will sign up to tackle different parts of the review. Regardless of who signs up for what section, all A-Class reviews must have all images used in the article checked to see if they possess a free license ("image review"). In addition, a percentage of references may be fact checked (typically called "the spotcheck"), and sources may be reviewed for reliability and formatting consistency ("source review"), though these are only required by request.

When reviewing, make any comments in a list format so the nominator can reply to each comment in kind. Keep in mind, various national-level subprojects may have slightly different standards for articles under their scope. They will also use different variations of English. These differences will be respected and applied as appropriate. To withdraw an objection, strike it out (with <s>...</s> ) rather than removing it. Nominators should allow reviewers the opportunity to do this themselves; if you feel that the matter has been addressed, say so rather than striking out the reviewer's text. After the nominator addressed all the comments and concerns, the reviewer may support or oppose promotion. This is done by saying "Support" in bold and signing their name (~~~~). If you have exceptionally long comments, use the following code to hide your comments after all of your issues have been resolved.

{{Collapse top|Resolved issues from ~~~~}}
Your comments here.
{{Collapse bottom}}

If you oppose a nomination, write "Oppose" followed by the reason for your objection. Each objection must provide a specific rationale that can be addressed. If nothing can be done in principle to fix the source of the objection or it is not based on policy, the objection may be ignored.

Suspending a nomination[edit]

Nominations that have outstanding comments and that have not been edited by the nominator in 30 days will be suspended and the transclusion of the review removed from this page. A nominator may reactivate a suspended nomination at any time. A suspended nomination will be removed from the candidates list automatically with a consensus to not promote at the earlier of 6 months from the suspension date or 1 year from the nomination date.

Closing a discussion[edit]

Consensus must be reached in order to be promoted to A-Class, in that all actionable objections must be addressed.

  • For promotion: Typically, two more substantial support declarations than oppose declarations ("two net supports") are necessary for promotion, along with an image review. Any reviewer who declared their support may review images in addition to their prose review.
  • For removal from the candidates list: A-Class article candidates that are not promoted will be removed from the candidates list once a candidate has received a net three opposes that cite standards-based objections. Please remember that the process is not entirely a vote, and articles with majority support can still fail if they don't fully meet the criteria.

When consensus is determined, the discussion can be closed. Discussions should not be closed by a participating reviewer except where the reviewer participated only to clarify points of the discussion to determine consensus, or in the case of a stale nomination or the nominator withdraws.

  1. Remove |ACR=yes from the end of the talk page banner.
  2. If the discussion resulted in a change in the article's quality assessment, then change the assessment as necessary.
  3. Add {{ArticleHistory}} to the talk page of the article, if not already present. Follow the instructions here on how to add the review to the template (see the "WikiProject A-class review" row).
  4. Add {{subst:archive top}} and {{subst:archive bottom}} to the top and bottom of the discussion subpage, respectively.
  5. Remove {{HWY ACR status}} from the review.
  6. Move the line {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Highways/Assessment/A-Class review/Name of nominated article}} from the list of discussions below to the current archive page.
  7. Remove the article from {{USRD Announcements}} or Wikipedia:WikiProject Canada Roads/News/Content or otherwise update the posting on a subproject talk page.

Current promotion discussions[edit]

U.S. Route 33 in Michigan[edit]

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U.S. Route 33 in Michigan (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) review

Suggestion: Promote to A-Class
Nominator's comments: Short and sweet, shouldn't be a hard article to review. It's another one of the former US Highways in Michigan, and one of the stranger ones in that most of the time it overlaid another highway. Going forward, I'd like to start bringing the rest of Michigan's US Highway article up to A-Class over time.
Nominated by: Imzadi 1979  06:41, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Review by Dough4872

Comments by Dough4872:

  1. The map in the infobox appears to show US 33 at its greatest extent while the infobox shows the last termini of US 33. Maybe clarify in the map caption that it shows US 33 at its greatest extent (I noticed the map has different colors for the greatest extent and the last alignment).
  2. When US 33 was first designated in Michigan, where in St. Joseph did it end? This should be mentioned.
  3. When the route was extended in 1960, where in Lake Michigan Beach did it end?
  4. The article could use some images. I would suggest either adding a picture showing the former alignment of US 33 in Michigan or an old map scan showing US 33 in Michigan.

Overall great short article, just a few nitpicks. Dough4872 00:16, 19 July 2018 (UTC)

@Dough4872: I've been looking for photos to add, and I'll crop one of the old MSHD maps here in a moment, but the prose tweaks have been applied. Imzadi 1979  03:47, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Support - My concerns have been addressed. Dough4872 03:59, 19 July 2018 (UTC)

Any pictures of the road as it is today? --Rschen7754 22:40, 2 September 2018 (UTC)

@Imzadi1979: --Rschen7754 22:15, 8 September 2018 (UTC)
@Rschen7754: none that are freely licensed at the moment. Of course, I keep looking to change that. Imzadi 1979  05:11, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
@Imzadi1979: What about File:M-139, Benton Harbor, Nov 2012.jpg or File:M-63 at I-196-A2.jpg? Were those on the previous route? --Rschen7754 01:07, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
@Imzadi1979: --Rschen7754 05:33, 29 September 2018 (UTC)

U.S. Route 223[edit]

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U.S. Route 223 (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) review

Suggestion: Promote to A-Class
Nominator's comments: The second in my current batch of nominations to get all of Michigan's US Highways up to A-Class. This one's a bit longer, and as a bonus, it includes a short segment in Ohio.
Nominated by: Imzadi 1979  04:49, 19 July 2018 (UTC)

Comments by Dough4872:

  1. I think you need another source to back up that US 223 is unsigned in Ohio, I don't think the SLDs would work here. Perhaps using Google Street View would work.
  2. How many lanes wide is the US 23/US 223 freeway?
  3. "southern city limits for Adrian"? I would use "of" rather than "for" here.
  4. The infobox implies US 223 is signed north-south, but the route description implied US 223 Bus. is an east-west road. Are these two roads signed in different directions or is there an error here? I'm assuming US 223 and US 223 Bus. would be signed the same direction even if they don't follow that direction.
  5. Do you have any traffic counts available for US 223?
  6. The paragraph about the route changes in Adrian seems to be vague and lacking in detail. You should mention what streets US 223 was shifted along in the city and what streets the first business loop followed.
  7. When US 223 was realigned to run along the US 23 freeway, what happened to the former alignment south to Ohio? Did it become another route or an unnumbered road? Should mention this detail.
  8. Since it appears I-73 will be not constructed along the US 223 alignment anytime soon if ever, should this really be in the future section? If this is a former proposal that will most likely never happen, I would suggest folding the details about I-73 into the History section.
  9. Any updates on the construction project along the US 23/US 223 freeway? You mention it was announced in 2012 but no details are given to a timetable on this project.
  10. I don't think the MDOT map can verify the signage status of BS I-375 or the Capitol Loop. I think you may need Google Street View here or I would remove the sentence as it seems a little trivial. Dough4872 23:46, 19 July 2018 (UTC)

Washington State Route 527[edit]

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Washington State Route 527 (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) review

Suggestion: Promote to A-Class
Nominator's comments: It's been a decade since this article was promoted to GA status and unsuccessfully submitted to ACR. I've nuked and re-written the article to be far less of a mess. The highway itself has been jerked around with different numbers and varying degrees of importance for most of the 20th century, and has now been widened and modernized (at the expense of its southernmost 2.5 miles).
Nominated by: SounderBruce 07:40, 8 October 2018 (UTC)

Interstate 82[edit]

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Interstate 82 (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) review

Suggestion: Promote to A-Class
Nominator's comments: Took a sledgehammer to this one and brought it up to a level I feel is nearly ready for FAC. I'll be adding a few more photos and touch-ups here and there while I still have access to local newspaper archives. Otherwise, this is the first of several Interstate articles I plan to send to ACR and FAC, so I'd love to hear feedback that I can apply to the other articles.
Nominated by: SounderBruce 23:01, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

Review by Rschen7754[edit]

  • I do plan to look at this when I get a chance. --Rschen7754 03:18, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Source 16 is missing the paper name. --Rschen7754 03:02, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I-82 travels concurrently with U.S. Route 97 (US 97) between Ellensburg and Union Gap, south of Yakima; and US 12 from Yakima to the Tri-Cities - a semicolon needs to separate independent clauses, and the latter part is a dependent clause.
  • Yakima and Columbia rivers - Yakima River should be linked as that is the first instance of it.
Route description
  • is part... is a part - use a different word.
  • It also has two child state highways in Washington; - should be a colon as it sets up a list
  • quietest - maybe, but I don't think decibels are what are being measured here.
  • intersects with State Route 821 (SR 821) - you can just say SR 821 here
  • I am not sure that readers would get the significance of mentioning Snoqualmie here.
  • under the Rattlesnake Hills - under doesn't seem like the right word here. --Rschen7754 05:17, 9 November 2018 (UTC)
    • @Rschen7754: Thanks for the review. I've addressed all your points and made what I feel to be appropriate changes. SounderBruce 06:52, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
  • a cross-state highway that follows the Columbia River westward to Vancouver and crosses railroad tracks that carry Amtrak's Empire Builder passenger trains - what does, SR 14 or I-82? A comma might help if it is the latter.
  • Several sections of Interstate 82 - I-82?
  • In 1913, at the suggestion of good roads advocates, It established - lowercase it
  • and planned roads - needs a bit more explanation and/or wikilink
  • In 1923, the state government - Washington? --Rschen7754 23:33, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
  • The 26-mile (42 km) section between Ellensburg and Yakima was funded earlier than scheduled with money diverted from stalled freeway projects in the Seattle area and construction began in October 1968 - I generally don't comment much about commas since people have different styles, but here I feel they would really improve readability.
  • The $35 million freeway project costing equivalent to $163 million in 2016 dollars - parentheses would shorten this.
    • You added the parentheses, but I think you can also remove "costing". --Rschen7754 06:18, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Later on... you have the verbs required, constructed, and facilitated, with the subject of project. The first verb is okay. The second and third seem to not be so great of a match.
  • in late Augus
  • It was at this point that I noticed that a lot of the newspaper articles are missing publishers. I'm not a FAC sourcing expert but I get the feeling that this may be a problem. --Rschen7754 05:53, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
    • I'm now realizing that the GOCE copyedit was really rushed and seems to have left a lot of weird artifacts that I need to comb through now. As for the newspaper citations, I have not generally had issues with FAC reviewers needing publishers for all but the most obscure of local papers; I think the papers predominantly used here are big enough to not need that kind of information. SounderBruce 06:15, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Suspended nominations[edit]

Current demotion discussions[edit]

  • A formal notice should be placed on the talk page of the original nominator (at ACR/FAC), and on the appropriate WikiProject talk page, to make sure appropriate editors are informed.
  • In order to keep the article at A-Class or FA-Class, three net Keep votes are required, but a spotcheck and image review are not necessarily required.
  • In order to demote the article from A-Class or FA-Class, three net Demote votes are required, and must cite specific criteria or standards in which the article is deficient. Note that in order to demote an article from FA-Class, a review at FAR is required. In that scenario, if the article is kept at FAR, the article will remain at FA-Class; if the article is demoted, the article will revert to GA-Class, if it retains that status; if not, the article will revert to B-Class (or lower, if necessary). It will not retain any A-Class status that it previously had.
  • After 30 days of no edits to the review page, such a review will be considered inactive. A formal notice should be left on WT:HWY, the original nominator's talk page, the appropriate task force or national project talk pages, and on the talk page of all people who have commented on the review, in order to encourage people to make changes to the article and/or make keep or demote declarations. If no attempts are made to continue working on the article within 7 days, the review will be closed as keep by default.


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