November 22, 2017
DANVILLE – It’s very busy this time of year for the U.S. Postal Service.
The amount of mail that has to be delivered doesn’t slow down when daylight savings time comes and mail builds up to be delivered after federal holidays.
As a result, some Danville customers don’t get mail delivered some days.
A Danville Post Office supervisor said part of the city didn’t receive mail because it became a safety hazard for mail carriers. With increased mail this time of year with the holidays and a federal holiday, it was double the mail and too much to deliver, the supervisor said.
According to a statement from Mike Cooke, strategic communications with the USPS in St. Louis, Mo., “the post office establishes delivery routes based on the number of deliveries and the average number of mail pieces a route receives, creating an eight-hour day. Because the Postal Service is closed on holidays, that often creates a larger and sometimes double workload for letter carriers to deliver the following delivery day.”
Veterans Day was one of those occasions and Thanksgiving this week will be another.
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