Construction sign messages surprise Brownsboro Road drivers


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 11:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Drivers along Brownsboro Road got quite a surprise and maybe a laugh or two the last two days. The City thinks a hacker changed the electronic road signs to say something that caught many off guard.

Drivers may be getting used to dealing with the traffic and construction on Brownsboro Road, but they never expected this.

"I thought what kind of joke is this? It looked like a big joke," Jack Edinger said.

The construction signs had been changed to read "honk if your horny".

Edinger, found it to be very funny, saw it on his way to work Tuesday.

"When I seen it I just started laughing," Edinger says.

Across the street, at the barber shop Dale Jackson heard the same from all his customers.

"That was funny. Someone has a lot of computer suave I guess," Dale Jackson says.

But not so funny to Metro Public Works and Assets who contacted the company that owns the sign, it was changed back, but not for long. On Wednesday morning, the sign read, "zombies ahead".

"I think someone was just pulling a prank. That is exactly what I think they are doing,” Edinger said.

The construction on Brownsboro has created much controversy over the last several months. Whether this trick was linked to this debate is a mystery. Metro Public Works is looking into who could have done this.

"The company is looking in to see if we were the victims of hackers or if it was some kind of disgruntled employee," Lindsay English with Metro Public works and Assets said.

In the meantime, you can bet folks will be waiting and watching to see what pops up next.

“I don’t know if there is gonna be a crowd out there to see what the sign says. I guess the phantom will show up, and we'll see what we have,” Mark Bowling said.