Has a member of your staff dreamed up a new way to tackle a transportation problem?
Has a member of your crew created a new tool or gadget to help make roads safer?
Have you or a team member discovered a better way to get the job done?
Then you’ve built a better mousetrap.

The North Carolina Local Technical Assistance Program wants to help you show off your innovative solutions to problems faced by local transportation workers. It might be a new tool, equipment modifications, or a new way to increase safety, reduce costs, or improve efficiency.

That’s why NCLTAP is holding a local Build a Better Mousetrap competition. Each year the FHWA’s Office of Innovative Program Delivery – Center for Local Aid Support sponsors the ‘Build a Better Mousetrap’ competition with the entries from every state’s local competition. It’s a great way to share your creative transportation solutions. Check out last year’s winners

Scraper with the Bull Blade.

Modified Skid steer removing debris from underneath guardrail.

Modified skid steer with a bull blade and a scraper.

Submit an Entry — Deadline Extended!

To enter, please complete the entry form and submit it to bill_woods@ncsu.edu by April 30, 2019. You’re also encouraged (but not required) to submit photos and a video clip that showcase your project along with your entry form. Videos do not need to be professionally produced; clips shot with a smartphone or tablet are welcome!

Consider submitting a project in any of these categories:
• Maintenance: tools, equipment fabrication, and methods (e.g., lifters, reachers,modifications, assembly)
• Transportation facilities improvements (e.g., storage, access, operations, services)
• Inspection and data collection (e.g., automated/remote means, testing, time)
• Asset management techniques (e.g., GIS, mapping, decision-support systems)

Entries will be judged using the criteria of cost savings, benefits to the community and/or agency, ingenuity, transferability to others, and effectiveness. We’ll pick a state winner, who will be recognized in the North Carolina LTAP Transportation Tracks newsletter and receive a prize. The winning entry will be automatically submitted to the national competition, where you’ll compete for more fantastic prizes—and bragging rights! Winners will be announced at the annual LTAP/TTAP National Conference.

Download the Form

More Information

With questions about the competition or for more information, please Bill Woods at bill_woods@ncsu.edu

Also check out other state’s past winners.