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 https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/clas/babm/.
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:
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 TTAP@utk.edu 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
Judging criteria will be based on a five-point scale used at both the state and national levels:
The deadline to submit your entry is May 19, 2023
Click here to submit your entry online.
Click here to download an entry form to send in by mail.
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