I have been given an excel file with attributes including the coordinates of the beginning of roadways and the ends of those roadways. I have been asked to map out these roadways using the coordinates I have been given and I am supposed to include the other attributes. Any ideas on how I can do this would help, thanks.
for sure, that would be the shortest... but I wasn't sure if the start end points were in the same row in excel or they were different entries.
That is good then you can use the shortcut tool Adrian suggested. Hopefully your data are either in decimal degrees or a projected coordinate system.
In either event, you need to define the coordinate system during the process and before you use it in a map.
before you ask... you will get straight lines and they won't follow the actual road! ;)
Your beginning and end coordinates should be in 4 fields not 2
You will have to add 4 new fields, xfrom, yfrom, xto, yto decimal type.
Then you need to do field calculations
float(!Begin!.split(",")) # for yfrom
float(!Begin!.split(",")) # for xfrom
float(!End!.split(",")) # for yto
float(!End!.split(",")) # for xto
Then proceed from there. (Sort of thrown into the deep end on this I suspect... make sure you thank the person that gave you the data... suggest that they make the table gis friendly in the future ;) )