Letters and packages leaving and arriving in Beaufort County mailboxes are taking different routes this week after the closure of a U.S. Postal Service processing center in Savannah.
Mail entering and departing zip codes starting with "299" — including Beaufort and Jasper counties — will now be processed in Charleston. The change will not effect mail delivery times or costs, according to a Postal Service spokesman.
The organization is expected to close as many as 140 processing centers throughout the country this month and another 89 next year to save money.
"We simply do not have the mail volumes to justify the size and capacity of our current mail-processing network," Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe said in May.
"To return to long-term profitability and financial stability while keeping mail affordable, we must match our network to the anticipated workload," he added.
Check back later today at IslandPacket.com or BeaufortGazette.com for details about what the Savannah closure will mean to local mail delivery and follow reporter Brian Heffernan at twitter.com/IPBG_Brian .