LAFAYETTE — The U.S. Postal Service announced plans Thursday to study the possible closure of Lafayette’s mail processing and distribution facility on Moss Street.
If the Lafayette facility is closed, operations will be consolidated with Baton Rouge and some of the 190 workers at the Lafayette site will be given the option to relocate, Postal Service spokesman McKinney Boyd said.
Louisiana facilities in Lafayette and New Orleans are among 252 processing centers nationwide being considered for closure as the postal service works to drastically cut expenses in the face of declining revenue, according to information from the Postal Service.
Louisiana has four regional mail processing and distribution centers, in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans and Shreveport. A decision is expected by March on the closure of the Lafayette facility, which processes about 215,000 pieces of mail a day, Boyd said.
He said a closure would affect only the internal operations of the Postal Service and should not result in any delivery delays.
“There will not be any impact to customers,” he said.
He said if the Lafayette location is closed, some of the facility’s 190 employees will be offered the chance to relocate to the Baton Rouge facility and others will be offered unfilled vacancies at post offices in the Lafayette area.
The Moss Street processing and distribution center is on the same site as the regular Moss Street post office, but the Postal Service has announced no plans to consider closing the post office there.
The Postal Service’s study of consolidating processing and distribution centers comes after the service announced in July the possible closure of 51 post offices in Louisiana.
The list included the downtown post office on Jefferson Street in Lafayette, but the Postal Service has since decided against the closure.
The Postal Service announced earlier this month that a feasibility study determined other post offices in the area would not have the capacity to take on additional routes or post office boxes should the downtown location be closed.
The downtown post office had just moved in December to a new location at city-parish government’s Rosa Parks Transportation Center near Jefferson and Cypress streets.