Build a Better Mousetrap Competition Open Through March 6

November 5th, 2019

Build a Better Mousetrap Competition Open Through March 6

Have you or one of your coworkers recently built an innovative gadget or developed an improved way to do a job? If so, now is the time to show off a project in the Build a Better Mousetrap Competition.

The PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is looking for projects that you, your employees, or crew designed and built. It can be anything from the development of tools, equipment modifications, and/or processes that increase safety, reduce cost, improve efficiency, and improve the quality of transportation.

The contest has four categories for submitting entries, with a potential winner in each. From among these winning entries, an overall PA winner of the contest will be chosen.

Entries will be judged by a committee of municipal road employees on cost savings/benefits to the community, ingenuity, transferability to others, and effectiveness.

In 2019, three townships were recognized for innovate projects.

State winner East Brandywine Township, Chester County also earned national honors for a portable storage rack for the spreaders made of scrap lumber and $50 in wheels and bolts. The rack holds four spreaders and can be moved around the garage and outside to a lift for mounting the spreaders on the trucks.

Applications are due Fri., Mar. 6.  For more information or to apply, visit