Tractor-mounted shouldering box

Clearwater County's tractor-mounted shouldering box won first place in 2017

Have you or one of your co-workers recently built an innovative gadget or developed an improved way to do a job? Now is the time to show off your creativity and help other agencies solve problems by submitting an entry to the Minnesota Build a Better Mousetrap Competition!

Your entry can be anything from the development of tools or gadgets to equipment modifications to processes that increase safety, improve efficiency, reduce costs, 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.

The Minnesota competition is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board and administered by Minnesota LTAP.

Submit an Entry

The FY19 contest has now closed. Information about this year's winners will be posted soon.

Starting July 1, 2019, we will be accepting project submissions for FY20. Submissions will be due May 31, 2020. Submission instructions will be available soon.

More Information

With questions about the competition or for more information, please contact Katherine Stanley at or 612-626-1023.

Previous Winners

See information about previous winners of the Minnesota mousetrap competition.

National Competition

The Build a Better Mousetrap National Competition highlights innovative solutions to everyday problems and issues that local and tribal transportation workers encounter. They can range from the development of tools or equipment modifications to processes that increase safety, reduce cost, and improve efficiency and the overall quality of transportation. Visit the national competition web page to learn about other innovations across the country and see examples of previous years' winning projects.