Have you or one of your co-workers recently built an innovative gadget? Have you developed an improved way to accomplish everyday tasks? If either of these is true, you’ve built a better mousetrap, and now is the time to show off a project your roadway agency is proud of in the VA LTAP’s Build a Better Mousetrap Competition.

The VA LTAP is looking for projects that you, your employees, or crew designed and built or modified. It can be anything from the development of tools, equipment modifications, and/or processes that increase safety, reduce cost, improve efficiency, and/or improve the quality of transportation. The purpose of this competition is to collect and disseminate real world examples of best practices, tips from the field, and assist in the transfer of technology.

If you have something you think qualifies for this competition, submit your entries by Monday, June 3rd, 2019. Entries will be judged by the VA LTAP Advisory Board Members using the criteria of cost savings, benefits to the community and/or agency, ingenuity, transferability to others, and effectiveness. Winners will be recognized in an upcoming newsletter and receive a prize.

There are four categories for entries:
Inspection and Data Collection (automated/remote means, testing, time);
Asset Management Techniques (GIS, mapping, decision support systems);
Maintenance Tools and Methods (lifters, reachers, modifications, assembly);
Facilities Improvements (storage, access, operations, services).

Please submit a photo (3 megapixels or more). In addition, you also have the option to provide a spotlight video to demonstrate your entry’s problem, development, and working solution. The winning entry will be submitted into a Regional Mousetrap competition (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia) as well as a National Mousetrap competition to compete for prizes and, of course, bragging rights!

Competition Details:

  1. Submit an application form.
  2. Submit a few photos showing your idea in action.
  3. If you can, include a video (maximum 5 minutes).
  4. Keep it fun! An iPhone or iPad camera will do just fine!

Judging Criteria

  • Cost Savings
  • Benefits to the Community
  • Ingenuity and Transferability
  • Effectiveness

Photograph and Video Guidance Photographs

  • Provide high resolution digital photos. iPhone or iPad cameras work well. Email photos to rbh3c@virginia.edu along with your application form.
  • Photos should be interesting and illustrate the solution described in your submission. Photos should show safe and appropriate work place practices.
  • Include a caption explaining what is shown. Also include a photo credit (the photographer’s name and organization).
  • Complete a photo release form for every person you photograph or film.  You may request a copy at rbh3c@virginia.edu.


  • A video is optional but will score extra points! iPhone or iPad cameras work well. Maximum 5 minutes please!
  • Videos should demonstrate a problem and how your submission solves it. Plan your script, hold your phone steady, avoid background distractions. Avoid harsh sunlight, shoot straight, gently glide for close-ups.
  • Avoid background noise such as machinery, wind or conversations.
  • Submit your video in MP3 format.

Get more info | Submit your application form, pictures and video: rbh3c@virginia.edu

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