The U.S. Postal Service says it plans to close its mail processing facilities in Bend and Pendleton by the end of this year.
Both were spared in a first round of cuts last year, but the Postal Service says it will consolidate operations there and at more than four dozen processing centers around the country. Mail which is now sorted in Bend and Pendleton will instead go to Portland for processing.
Postal Service spokesman Peter Hass says the changes will likely mean earlier collection times throughout much of the state.
He doesn’t expect there to be much of an impact on current delivery times for mail traveling longer distances, Hass says. “But in terms of the local delivery, depending on when people drop their mail off, it’s possible that they might see an extra day.”
Hass says there are no plans for layoffs. Instead, affected employees will be offered reassignment to vacant positions.