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Problem: The Intersect tool generates a multipoint feature class

Description

When line and polygon feature classes are used as inputs in the Intersect tool, the tool outputs a multipoint feature class, instead of the expected point feature class.

The Intersect tool window

 
 This can be seen in the attribute table of the output feature class.
Multipoint result
 

Cause

This is by design. Lines intersecting with polygons may have multiple intersection points, which results in the multipoint feature class output of the Intersect tool.

Solution or Workaround

To convert the multipoint feature class output of the Intersect tool to a point feature class, use the Multipart to Singlepart tool.

  1. In the Catalog window, navigate to the Data Management toolbox > Features > Multipart To Singlepart.
  2. Use the output of the Intersect tool as the input in the Multipart To Singlepart tool window, and set the location of the output feature class.
  3. Click OK.
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  The attribute table of the output feature class:
Output of the Multipart To Singlepart tool
 

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