We wonder if because of the stunt, and due to the proliferation of hackers, Edmonton transportation might use less electronic signage in the future.
The wording is less than perfect, but at least the meaning is there. That much is clear after someone recently changed the text on an electronic traffic sign in Edmonton to say "we done bitches," following the completion of a road.
The most recent construction project for the Edmonton, Alberta Anthony Henday Drive ring road required five years of construction, so completion of the road and its official opening on October 1, 2016 was quite the reason to celebrate. After more than $4 billion and countless traffic problems, you can hardly blame the hijacker of the traffic sign.
A Facebook video shows the text alternating between "New North A. Henday/Now Open/We Done Bitches."
In the meantime, it seems as if no one has found the culprit.
In a statement to the National Post, Transportation Ministry spokesperson Aileen Machell said "Two thousand people worked very hard to bring this project to completion, and there's obviously a lot of pride in that work. It seems someone changed the sign as part of the celebrations; however, the wording is not the kind we would use and we had it changed immediately."
According to the project's website, the road features "27 kilometres of six- and eight-lane divided roadway, nine interchanges, two road flyovers, eight rail crossings (flyovers), and two bridges across the North Saskatchewan River, for a total of 47 bridge structures."
We wonder if because of the stunt, and due to the proliferation of hackers, Edmonton transportation officials might use less electronic signage in the future. Some publications have even given a glimpse at what they think road signs may look like years from now.
In the meantime, it seems as if no one has found the culprit. As funny as his or her unofficial update may have been, it wasn't very family-friendly, so here's hoping the guilty party stays away from those signs from now on.
Source: National Post