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Jim Moriarty, Executive Director of the Surfrider Foundation at yesterday's California Coastal Commission hearing | Photo by Branimir Kvartuc of EpicSurf.com

Commuters and some politicians say the Foothill South 241 toll road needs to finish in order "to relieve congestion and accommodate development southern Orange County and take some of the burden off Interstate 5, the heaviest traveled corridor between Los Angeles and San Diego," the LA Times is reporting.

A section of the proposed six-lane toll road being developed by the private company, Transportation Corridor Agencies, is proposed to cut through San Onofre State Beach.

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Environmentalists, surfers and others joined in the extremely large opposition yesterday at the California Coastal Commision meeting in Del Mar submitting 2,500 requests to speak during public comment, taking 12 hours to complete.

It was worth it, they won.