Delays in Freeway Project Anger Self-Storage Manager, Customers in Stockton, CA

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A freeway bridge-widening project on Interstate 5 above Swain Road in Stockton, Calif., is five months behind schedule and has rankled local residents and businesses, including Mister Space Self Storage. Facility manager James Webb estimates the road construction has cost Mister Space at least $20,000 in lost rentals and merchandise sales.

“[Customers] absolutely hate it,” he said. “As for new customers, I’ve had a couple people tell me it’s too inconvenient.”

Closed since last October, the Swain Road underpass in the only direct roadway connecting motorists to either side of I-5 for more than a mile between March Lane and Benjamin Holt Drive. The project was supposed to be completed by the end of February, but crews were forced to relocate utility lines, according to Caltrans, the state’s department of transportation. The projected date of completion is now the end of July.

Mister Space has been in business for 41 years. Webb told the source he is considering filing a claim with the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board once the project is finished.

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