Rappahannock News

Town of Washington Post O ce to open next week, Postmaster says

For the first time since September 2019, 22747 residents will be able to get there mail in the county seat

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Following months of delay, the long awaited Post O ce in the Town of Washington may nally have a grand opening on Feb. 22 barring any unforeseen circumstan­ces, according to Postmaster Tina Brooks.

Brooks said in an email to Washington Mayor Fred Catlin that it will operate Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with an hour closure for lunch before reopening at 1:30 p.m and closing for the day at 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Brooks did not immediatel­y return a request for comment.

The opening will mark the conclusion to its prolonged constructi­on marred by delays that were o entimes the result of supply shortages and building errors, among many other hurdles. U.S. Postal Service o cials had repeatedly adjusted the timetable for its opening, eventually reaching a point where they declined to o er any prediction­s for when it might be operationa­l.

“I think that thanks to a lot of people's e orts, we have a beautiful building and it's going to be great, especially with Rush River [Commons] across the lane,” Catlin said of the Post O ce in an interview. "It'll be a nice area for the community. We've been missing our community space.”

The lack of a Post O ce in Washington also le many residents using the small facility in Sperryvill­e to send mail, which o en created long lines where people had to wait outdoors sometimes in the cold or rain. In the interim, a mailbox was placed in the town to supplement the Sperryvill­e Post O ce.

“This is good news. It obviously took far too long and put so many of our citizens at a huge inconvenie­nce during the pandemic. Thank goodness we’re nally at the end,” said Hampton Supervisor Keir Whitson, who represents the area where the Post O ce is locat

ed. “I just look forward to having mail service back in the Town of Washington so that we're not running all over the place, including Sperryvill­e, to perform simple daily mail functions.”

Catlin at a Town Council meeting on Monday night indicated his plans to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Post O ce in the coming weeks once it’s open and fully operationa­l.

 ?? FILE PHOTO BY DENNNIS BRACK SR. ?? Long time coming:  e post o ce under constructi­on in April 2021, above, and finished, top le .
FILE PHOTO BY DENNNIS BRACK SR. Long time coming: e post o ce under constructi­on in April 2021, above, and finished, top le .
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