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I would like to extract all the intersections from a polyline shapefile and print their addresses as text using either ArcDesktop or Quantum GIS, is there a straightforward way to do this? My polyline has address information. Its a "roads" file, I don't need to compare it to other layers.

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Does your polyline contain address information? or do need to do a 'near' on another layer? –  Mapperz Jul 6 '12 at 20:02
    
Why don't you use the existing tags instead of creating new ones? –  blah238 Jul 9 '12 at 2:08
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QGIS has a 'line intersections' tool that will create a point at all intersections.

I'm not sure about getting an address at the intersection--I see a few issues with that.

  1. Which road would you pick to pull the address from?
  2. Since intersections generally don't have addresses, is it even meaningful? I realize that a single line street network with ranges will 'have' an address at all points, but it is not necessarily meaningful. (This goes with Mapperz question; do you really want the closest address?)
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well I was thinking it would say like "1st ave and 3rd st" or something like that. –  patrick Jul 9 '12 at 13:43
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@iterationx - did you try the QGIS Line Intersections tool? That's exactly what it will do. It will put the two names in separate columns, but you could concatenate them as a second step. –  Darren Cope Jul 9 '12 at 17:16
    
I will try it soon. –  patrick Jul 9 '12 at 18:23
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