Build a Better Mousetrap 2023

The Build a Better Mousetrap national competition is a chance for local highway jurisdictions to share their innovative ideas with the rest of the United States. Each state’s Local Technical Assistance Program collects ideas from their area and submits it to the Federal Highway Administration.

2023 Winners

LHTAC Announced winners in the Pioneer and Innovative Idea Categories.

  • Pioneer – John McCracken, Aerosol Tack Applicator
  • Innovative Idea – City of Nampa, Name That Snowplow

Click here to learn more about the winning ideas.

Congratulations to our 2023 Build a Better Mousetrap winners!

Winners in each category will be presented a trophy in front of their governing commission and recognized at their relevant association’s annual conference. Winners will also receive a free class through the T2 Center.

Winners of individual awards will also receive a cash-value gift card from LHTAC.

LHTAC will also submit winning entries to the national Build a Better Mousetrap competition.

Additional Resources

FHWA has a lot of helpful information online at

For additional assistance, contact Jake Melder at or call (208) 344-0565