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Connecting Discontinuous Line Segments

Question asked by danrmwalters on Jan 28, 2015
Latest reply on Mar 29, 2015 by hlzhang525

I have a shape file with a series of line segments that are discontinuous, I want to join them together so they form a continuous line based on a common attribute from the attribute table. I already understand how to merge the lines using Merge in the editing tool bar, but I'm not clear on if there is a way to get those segments to link up as shown in the image below (I have the broken lines on top, I want the continuous line below) without manually snapping them together point by point, as it is a large file with numerous such segments. Is there a tool in ArcGIS that can do this? Thanks.  (Note: I've seen some other postings mention the Dissolve tool, but I don't see how it applies here).