Cornell Local Roads Program Build a Better Mousetrap Competition
Have you or one of your co-workers built an innovative gadget or developed an improved way to do a job? Well, now is the time to show off a project your agency is proud of in our Build a Better Mousetrap Competition!
We are looking for something that you, your employees, or crew designed and built; it can be anything from the development of tools or equipment modifications, to a new process that increases safety, reduces costs, improves efficiency and/or improves the quality of transportation.
Questions? Give us a call at 607-255-8033 or email us at email@example.com
- Winners will be announced at the 2020 Highway School
- 2020 Entry Form Available Here
- Deadline for entries is
Friday March 20th, 2020
What Should I Submit?
All local transportation agencies in New York State are welcome to enter and departments may submit more than one entry. We are looking for something that you or your employees designed, built, or implemented. Entries can be anything from the tool or equipment modifications, to a new process that increases safety, reduces costs, improves efficiency, or improves the quality of transportation
Remember, we are looking for self-made creative projects developed in-house but your submissions do not necessarily have to be physical modifications to equipment or “gadgetry.” New methods of using technology, an innovative way to manage assets, or a useful strategy for dealing with the public can all be great innovations!
Please include high-quality digital images with your entry. Videos are also encouraged and are worth points in the national competition.
Not sure what to submit? Check out some examples here or check out last year's submissions below.
2019 BBMT Entries and State Winners
Village of Baldwinsville Highway Department - Wing Cart
Town of Ramapo Highway Department - Salt Brine Applicator for Sidewalks
Rockland County Highway Department - Plow Blade Guide & Carrier
Thurston Highway Department - Excavator Wing
2018 BBMT National Competition
City of Beacon Highway Department wins 1st Place in the National Build a Better Mousetrap Competition under the category of Inspection and Data Collection!
Winners were announced at the 2018 National LTAP Association Conference in New Orleans Louisiana. There were 26 submittal spanning 12 states in the competition.
2018 BBMT Entries and State Winners
Town of Orangetown Highway Department - Hitch Witch
Town of Ulster Highway Department - Under the Guide Rail Cleaner
City of Beacon Highway Department - Confined Space Simulator
Town of Seneca Highway Department - Hydraulic Snow Fence Roller
Town of Big Flats Highway Department - Under the Guide Rail Cleaner
Town of Big Flats Highway Department - Storm Grate Puller
Town of Urbana Highway Department - Guide Rail Maintainer
Orange County Highway Department - Paved Shoulder
Town of Rochester Highway Department - The Slider
Town of Thurston Highway Department - 1957 Austin Western Roller
Town of New Paltz Highway Department - Making Winter Easy