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Proposed Path

The proposed Foothill South tollway would divide the northern half of San Onofre State Beach lengthwise and pass over this marine estuary, which has been designated a nature preserve. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
A surfer rides up from the popular Trestles Beach. The proposed Foothill South tollway includes a connector to Interstate 5 that would be built in the immediate area. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Two birds perch in San Mateo Creek. A Coastal Commission report released Friday stated that building a six-lane toll road through San Onofre State Beach would violate state environmental laws designed to protect endangered species and natural resources. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Dew-covered flowers along the San Mateo Creek bike trail are a treat for visitors headed to the famous Trestle Beach surfing area. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Surfer Courtney Watson sits on the sand at Trestles Beach with the San Mateo Creek estuary behind her. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
The 241 toll road extends only as far south as Oso Parkway in Rancho Santa Margarita. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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