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Show Off Your Road Crew’s Ingenuity in the Build a Better Mousetrap Contest

Thursday January 2nd, 2020
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 2020 Build a Better Mousetrap Competition. The deadline for entries is March 6, 2020.
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.
The contest accepts entries in four categories, with a potential winner in each. From among these winning entries, an overall contest winner will be chosen. The categories are: 
1) Inspection and data collection, such as automated/remote means, testing, time, etc. 
2) Asset management techniques, such as GIS, mapping, decision support systems, etc.
3) Maintenance tools and methods, such as lifters, reachers, modifications, assembly, etc. 
4) Transportation facilities improvements, such as storage, access, operations, services, etc.
If you have a project that you think is worthy of recognition, submit your entry by March 6. PennDOT will choose winners in March and announce them at the annual conference of the winners’ respective local government 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 2020 Build a Better Mousetrap Competition, go to and look under “Bulletin Board.” Complete the entry form and return it by March 6 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.