US Postal Service agrees to delay cutbacks

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closing of hundreds of processing centers and nearly 4,000 local post offices until mid-May.

There are 6 post offices in our area on the chopping block. This move delays these closings, but most likely does not stop them.

The postal branches in Bellevue and Forest Hill were among the 3,700 to be shut down nation-wide.

The U.S. Postal Service also wants to close 252 processing centers including three in Virginia.

If Norfolk is shut down that would add more than 7-million more pieces of mail a day to the Sandston plant in central Virginia.

NBC12 Investigates has documented numerous problems with mail sorting at that plant.

The U.S. Postal Service is cash-strapped and forecast to lose a record 14 billion next year.

The postal service had planned to begin the closings as early as April. This buys these facilities at least an extra month. The closures could cost 100,000 postal employees their jobs.

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