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Have You Built a Better Mousetrap? Show It Off in Annual PennDOT Contest

Tuesday January 1st, 2019
Has one of your township employees recently built an innovative gadget or come up with a better way to do a job? If so, now is the time to show it off by entering the 2019 Build a Better Mousetrap Competition.
PennDOT is looking for projects that municipal employees or road crews designed and built. It can be anything from the development of tools and equipment modifications to processes that increase safety, reduce costs, or improve efficiency or the quality of transportation.
New this year, the contest will have four categories for submitting entries, with a potential winner in each. From among these winning entries, an overall winner of the contest will be chosen. The categories are: 
1) Inspection and data collection (automated/remote means, testing, time, etc.) 
2) Asset management techniques (GIS, mapping, decision support systems, etc.) 
3) Maintenance tools and methods (lifters, reachers, modifications, assembly, etc.) 
4) Transportation facilities improvements (storage, access, operations, services, etc.)
If you have a project that qualifies under one of these categories, submit your entry by March 8, 2019. PennDOT will choose winners in March and announce them at the annual conference of the winners’ respective municipal associations. Entries will be judged by a committee of municipal road employees on cost savings/benefits to the community, ingenuity, transferability to others, and effectiveness. 
The winning entries will be submitted into the national competition for prizes and, of course, bragging rights. Winners of the national competition will be announced at the annual LTAP/TTAP national conference next summer. All entries at the national level will be posted on the LTAP/TTAP website and compiled into an electronic booklet.
To download entry forms for the 2019 Build a Better Mousetrap Competition, go to and click on “News Items.” Complete the entry form and return it by March 8 to PennDOT-LTAP, c/o PSATS, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA 17025 or email it to
For more information, call Karen Atkinson at (717) 763-0930, ext. 156.