SACRAMENTO — Gov. George Deukmejian defended Orange County's proposed toll roads Saturday, although he has not yet signed the bill authorizing them.
While indicating during a press conference here that he needs to review the legislation before signing it, the governor said he does not consider toll roads "revolutionary" for California as some have suggested.
Asked whether he will become the first California governor to legalize toll roads, Deukmejian noted that this state has had toll bridges for years and other states have had toll roads.
He added that the bill sent to his desk by the Legislature on Friday provides for turnpikes that generally would serve as "an alternate route" to the congested "free freeway."