Update: Elliott is back open. Regardless, traffic remains a mess southbound on 15th and Elliott and the immediate roads surrounding Myrtle Edwards Park.
Earlier: One of Queen Anne’s least-favorite events — due to the traffic and parking — gets underway today. Hempfest is expected to draw between 50,000 and 80,000 people a day at Myrtle Edwards Park. To gear up for the crowds, the city has shut down southbound Elliott Ave. at 3rd Ave.:
That backed up traffic all the way down 15th through Interbay, nearly to Ballard, even well before the event kicks off at noon on Friday. Hempfest also runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
By the way, Hempfest organizers are staying neutral on the legalization measure, Initiative 502. The Seattle Times has a good wrap-up of this state’s battle over legalization — even within the Hempfest ranks.