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Postal facility shutdown may delay mail

Today, the US Postal Service confirmed what a lot of people had been expecting, that the Lexington Distribution and Processing Facility will shut down. People who rely heavily on the mail for work and personal lives say that is a big blow.

"Usually it just takes a day to get there, but now with the facility being moved to Louisville, it's not going to be that easy," says Virginia Dulworth.

Dulworth is involved with several organizations in Louisville and primarily uses the mail for communication with them. Today's news that the Lexington processing facility will shut down means she'll have to adapt.

"I'll have to start getting things out quicker!" says Dulworth.

The US Postal Service will be consolidating most of its processing facilities including eight here in Kentucky. Once that happens, mail that's currently routed through Lexington will instead go to Louisville or Knoxville instead. That means it could take an extra day to get mail to its destination.

"I'm a corresponding secretary, so sometimes these have to get to these people as soon as possible and I'm just sorry it's going to be a little delayed," says Dulworth.

Some workers say both people and businesses will feel the impact.

"It's going to affect a lot of businesses too, especially if you're on a day-to-day basis on mailing receipts or whatever, your business depends on the mail. They could be impacted by this," says Scott Kays.

As of yet, no timetable has been set for that shutdown. The retail counter inside the post office won't be affected.

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