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Innovations Challenge

Innovations Challenge

Innovations Challenge YouTube video
Maintenance Operations Innovation Challenge video

WSDOT maintenance is launching a new Innovations Challenge program. We are looking for innovative solutions to everyday problems and issues that maintenance employees encounter. Innovations can range from the development of tools, equipment modifications, technology and techniques that increase safety, reduce costs, improve efficiency and the quality of transportation.

How it works

The challenge is open to all full-time M&O employees. All innovations must be in use and showing desired results. Regional competitions run from March to March wrapping up with the statewide challenge in April. Employees are welcome to submit innovations at any time on this webpage. If you have questions regarding the challenge program or a specific best practice, please contact us at .

Tools & equipment best practices

Guardrail Post Driver

Bailey Bridge

Innovations include items fabricated or modified by WSDOT employees. The best practices have been broken into categories to help you zero in on your area of interest.  


Technology best practices

Includes ideas resulting in exceptional results for transportation employees internally or externally (i.e. HATS, I-PADS, Data Collection, culvert replacements).


Techniques best practices

Includes improvements to office and field processes, materials and products. This can range from automating or streamlining a time consuming process to purchasing innovative materials or products to get work done better, faster and safer. 

Example categories of innovations

  • Bridge Maintenance
  • Drainage
  • Pavement Marking
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Roadsides
  • Signing
  • Winter Operations

Showcase event videos

Fall ProtectionThe culmination of each year’s challenge competition is a showcase bringing the best innovations from across the state to one location for employees to have one-on-one conversations with the innovators. See for yourself how employee solutions are making a difference at WSDOT!