Jan. 11, 2022

Illinois 2 District Post Office Says Please Clear Snow and Ice

Keep Letter Carriers safe as they deliver mail

Clear snow and ice

Illinois 2 District (604, 605, 609, 612-620, 622-629) – To help letter carriers deliver mail, the Postal Service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs, and mailboxes. 

“Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow,” said Illinois 2 District, Customer Relations Coordinator Sharrie Johnson. “Maintaining a clear path to the mailbox – including steps, porches, walkways and street approach – will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service.” 

Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear of black ice and snow. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snowplows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.

Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes. “The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort,” says Johnson. “Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.” 

Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for our customers to deposit their mail and for the Postal Service to collect the mail for delivery. Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice. “We want our letter carriers to be safe,” adds Johnson. “We can only do this with the help of our customers.”

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.



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