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. Remember, we are looking for self-made creative projects developed in-house.

Winners will receive gift certificates to a hardware store of their choice. The first place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate and 2 runners up each will receive a $25 gift certificate. The first place winner will also be automatically entered in the national Build a Better Mouse Trap competition. All entries will be posted on our website and featured in an edition of our quarterly newsletter, Nuggets and Nibbles so that others may learn from all the exciting ideas.

Questions? Give us a call at 607-255-8033 or email us at


The 2017-2018 Build A Better Mousetrap Competition is now closed. Thank you to all those who entered this year!

Be sure to check back as we announce the winners.

Registration Info

2018 Registrations are now Closed.


Not sure what to submit? Check out some examples here

2017-2018 BBMT Entries and Winners


1st Place
Town of Orangetown Highway Department - Hitch Witch


2nd Place
Town of Ulster Highway Department - Under the Guide Rail Cleaner


3rd Place
City of Beacon Highway Department - Confined Space Simulator


4th Place
Town of Seneca Highway Department - Hydraulic Snow Fence Roller


Other Entries


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

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