USPS consolidation to affect Madison

The U.S. Postal Service will close its distribution and processing operations in Madison as part of a consolidation of 82 nationwide facilities. Much of the Madison work will be moved to Milwaukee, and those affected are expected to remain with the Postal Service in other capacities. Currently, there are no plans to shut down the Milwaukee Street location, which will continue offering retail services, local collection pickup times, local business mail acceptance, and local postmark and delivery times. Reports say first class mail will be slowed a bit, from 2.14 days to reach a destination to 2.25 days.

Wisconsin distribution centers will also be affected in La Crosse, Eau Claire, and Wausau.

The consolidations, scheduled to begin in January 2015 and wrap up next fall, will affect about 15,000 employees nationwide, saving the Postal Service a reported $750 million annually.