Cornell Local Roads Program

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.

This year’s state competition winners will be presented with their award on stage at the June 2019 Highway School in front of over 700 of their peers!

State winners will also be featured in our Summer Nuggets & Nibbles newsletter and be automatically entered into a national competition. All of the 2019 entries will be highlighted at Highway School and be featured on our website.

Thank You to all those who entered this years competition! Stay tuned for our announcement of the winners at the 2019 Highway School!

Questions? Give us a call at 607-255-8033 or email us at clrp@cornell.edu

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.


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 Louisana. There were 26 submitals spanning 12 states in the competition.

Congratulations!!

2018 BBMT Entries and State 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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