1 in 10 big blue mailboxes will leave

2013-04-02T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T11:20:20Z 1 in 10 big blue mailboxes will leaveBecky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

About one in 10 big blue curbside mailboxes on Tucson streets will soon disappear.

Many of the 41 boxes scheduled for removal by the U.S. Postal Service are in the downtown area.

There are about 400 of the boxes in Tucson, and the Postal Service needs to consolidate some mail stops to improve efficiency and cut costs, spokesman Rob Soler said.

Some of the boxes to be removed are in a set of two or three boxes in a row and the volume of mail doesn't call for that many boxes, he said.

The Postal Service is ending Saturday pickup at 11 boxes and changing pickup hours at many other boxes to meet the new transportation schedule.

Outbound mail from Tucson already is being shipped to Phoenix for processing, and sometime this year inbound mail will go to Phoenix, too.

Closing the Cherrybell Stravenue processing center in Tucson will save $14 million a year and is part of a Postal Service plan to consolidate 461 mail-processing centers to 232.

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To find your nearest mailbox, go to USPS.com and click Find Locations, enter your ZIP code and click See More Results, and then select Collection Boxes from the Location Types menu.

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at bpallack@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. On Twitter @BeckyPallack.

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