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Feature to Line on feature selections with ArcPy

Question asked by ucfnrse on May 24, 2013
Latest reply on May 24, 2013 by ucfnrse
I'm trying to collapse parallel polylines (dual carriageways in a shapefile of roads) to single centrelines. I'm aware of cartography's dual lines to centerline tool, but I find Feature To Line (Data Management) slightly more reliable. The challenge is that whichever function is used requires a large tolerance (e.g. 10m+) so must be applied to custom selections of data in order to avoid creating new artifacts between unrelated pairs - hence the need for custom selections, which as far as I can tell these functions can't handle.

Grateful for any advice from high ArcPy wizards on how best to approach this. I'm pretty new to ArcPy so any advice on e.g. creating temporary layers to work with would be very helpful. As a starting point please just assume a polylines shapefile. The planned workflow is to rejoin these with the other road data once they've been collapsed. Many thanks in advance.

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