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Have you or one of your co-workers recently built an innovative gadget or developed an improved way to do a job? The "Build a Better Mousetrap", or BABM competition offers you the chance to show off your creativity. TTAP's efforts are part of the FHWA Center for Local Aid Support - Build a Better Mouse Trap competition. Learn more about the national BABM program at

The purpose of the Build a Better Mousetrap program is to collect and distribute real world examples of best practices, tips from the field, and assist in the transfer of technology for local and county transportation workers and other LTAP/TTAP clients.

We are looking for projects that you, your employees or or your crew designed and built. Projects may include the development of tools, equipment modification, and/or processes that increase safety, reduce cost, improve efficiency, and improve the quality of transportation.

The benefits to Local Road Agencies:

  • The Build a Better Mousetrap program provides recognition for local road agencies and their employees, shows them that their ideas have value, and recognizes them on a national stage. This recognition can benefit them locally as well, by showcasing the agency to the county and/or the state.
  • Shows respect for the individuals and teams that do more than put in their 8 hours each day, no matter how significant an improvement seems in a national context. These innovations:
    • move the needle a little bit in the right direction, producing small, but important, savings in cost and time, increased safety, increased durability, greater reliability, and less downtime,
    • made someone's job easier, stretched dollars further, or resulted in better roads for their community, and
    • allowed someone to do more with less.

How Do I Share My Innovative Solution? Fill out a simple entry form to tell us a little about your innovation. If you can't provide information in every field on the form, that's okay. A TTAP staff member will follow up with you to learn more about your creative real-world solution. Not sure if your solution is a good fit for the BABM program? We'll be happy to talk to you about your potential entry. Reach out to us at or call Matt Cate at (865) 974-4614 and we'll take a look at your innovation.

Examples of Innovations by Local Agencies:

Beaver Pipe Cage

Jaws of Life

Spring Load Arm Enhancement for Gravel Saver

2020 Entries

2019 Entries