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Build a Better Mousetrap

Build a Better Mousetrap recognizes state and local government and tribal agencies who use homegrown innovations to improve safety in their transportation programs.  Many of these ideas come from the front line workers who are looking for better ways to get the job done while saving money, time and improving efficiency. 

Last year's Build a Better Mousetrap highlighted 53 innovations that can be found in the 2023 booklet.  The top winning innovations included a road diet to preserve an old bridge, a mobile sensing unit to improve rural road safety, software to improve maintenance of traffic signals, and solar-powered remote cameras for monitoring road conditions during winter storms.

FHWA's Local Aid Support team is currently taking nominations through Friday, June 7.  Agencies must contact their state's Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center or regional Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) Center for more information and assistance on the application.   

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