example of the problem

I'd like to reduce the clutter in this map by limiting the spacing or number of times that a particular label can appear. For example, the label 'US 15' should not appear within some set distance another 'US 15' label.

I know why there are so many: QGIS is labeling every feature. I just don't know how to limit it.

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    Have you tried the "merge connected lines" option?
    – underdark
    Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 19:54
  • Thanks. That solved most of the issue. I had not seen that option before. Now the only remaining issue is double labels wherever a highway is represented by two parallel lines (such as US 340 in the example). Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 20:12
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    merge the two lines into a multipart geometry - use vector -> Geometry tools-> single parts to multipart and join on name
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 8:21
  • @DavidPrentiss - for the benefit of later visitors, could you put what worked for you into an answer
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 7:48

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I don't know your problem clearly but try to do 03 option in this picture.

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