I am perusing the internet since one day and still cannot find something satisfying.
The most important thing I am interested in is the speed limit (or an average speed) of the respective elements. I don't need information on small residential streets or city-level streets. Just the main road network would be enough. The extracted OSM stuff I downloaded from geofabrik.de or OSM extract Italy has tons of missing speed values and is thus not useful for me.

The closest I could get was the NASA SEDAC Global Roads Open Access Data. I subsetted on Italy via a GADM0 shapefile, it's slim, only with main roads, but there is no speed information.
I found this page with information on speed limits, but a manual editing would be virtually impossible.

Even a file that has consistent and complete (in the files I have, half of the roads go as "unclassified" - even though some of them are highways) information on the category of the street would be kind of o.k. In this case I could just impute average values for each type of street; which would be enough for the type of rough estimates of travel times I need.

Does anyone have a shapefile or information that could potentially help me?

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    Try ask at Open Data Site
    – ami
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 16:20

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You may download road network data about Italy using the "WFS Services" of the National Geoportal, following this link:

Catalog Service WFS - The National Geoportal

and using the URL from "Infrastrutture stradali". These data haven't any information about speed limits but, if you don't need to perform a very accurate analysis, you could retrieve some information from Wikipedia.

  • Thanks to you for the visit, I hope my answer will help you.
    – mgri
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 20:44
  • off topic: the raster from the even spaced points looks like you are also working with satellite light images Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 20:46
  • Actually, that raster was a clip from a digital terrain model ;-)
    – mgri
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 20:54
  • Did the "Infrastrutture stradali" get moved to somewhere else? I cannot find it following this instructions.
    – PhDing
    Commented Aug 9, 2022 at 19:41

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