Build a Better Mousetrap Competition Open Through March 5

December 14th, 2020

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.
PennDOT is looking for projects that you, your employees, or crew designed and built, including the development of tools, equipment modifications, and/or processes that increase safety, reduce cost, improve efficiency, and improve the quality of transportation.
Entries will be judged on cost savings/benefits to the community, ingenuity, transferability to others, and effectiveness.
In 2020, the Lower Heidelberg Township, Berks County, public works department achieved top honors when it created the Black Top and Shoulder Stone Paver.
“When doing spot repairs or filling in shoulders, we would have to hand shovel and rake the material, which can cause an uneven road surface,” Matt Clay, the township’s road foreman, said. “Shoveling and raking could also cause back injuries.”
The paver that the road crew developed allow stone and blacktop to be unloaded and laid down in just six to eight minutes compared to 35 minutes by hand. The result is more efficient operations and a smoother riding surface.  
For more information or to apply, visit The application deadline is March 5, 2021.