The state, city, and county have narrowed the options for replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct to two: a six-lane surface/transit plan, and a new elevated viaduct.

I'll have more to say about these options tomorrow, but it's worth noting now that House speaker Frank Chopp's proposal—a six-lane elevated highway enclosed by walls and flanked by (unfunded, hypothetical) shops, windows, and facades—isn't off the table. The options announced tonight are only advisory, and the state legislature (of which Chopp is perhaps the most powerful member) can still revisit them, adding or eliminating options. Given Chopp's determination to have his proposal taken seriously despite business, governmental, and environmental-community opposition, I think it's safe to say it's far from dead.