overlapping polygons to lines

Discussion created by findlaym on Dec 20, 2011
Latest reply on Dec 21, 2011 by mdenil
I want to convert a polygon layer into lines and then into a route feature so that I can label them properly. many of the polygons are overlapping or intersecting and this causes no end of problems with the attribute data. the problem, as far as I can see is this portion of the tool functionality :

"Where input lines or polygon boundaries touch, cross, or overlap each other at locations other than their start and end vertices, they will be split at those intersections; each of the split lines will become an output line feature. If an input line or polygon boundary is not intersected by another feature, its entire shape will still be written out as a line feature."

When this happens, the wrong attribute data is retained in the line feature so consequently the routes do not represent the geometry of the input polygons correctly. I have attached the shapefile I am working with. The root of the problem is that I can't get the label engine (or maplex) to label the polygons because of all the overlap. the "convert to routes" work around was one I found on the ESRI blog.

Any help would be appreciated!!!