Monday is the busiest mailing day of the year, and Lincoln postal officials are expecting a considerable increase in traffic.
Local postal officials are projecting triple the number of letters and packages on Monday compared with what they deal with on a normal day. Officials also say they expect a 12 percent increase in package shipping this holiday season compared with last year.
To deal with the influx, the postal service says local post offices will be fully staffed, and postal managers will be in lobbies to answer questions and provide assistance.
To cut down on crowds, the Postal Service is recommending people use one of the self-service postal kiosks at the Main Post Office at 700 R St., Indian Village Station at 1201 Calvert St., College View Station at 5100 Van Dorn St., and Gateway Station at 5945 R St.
In addition to the seven post offices in Lincoln, there are also eight full-service contract post offices. To find the nearest postal location, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or go to usps.com and click on “Find USPS Locations.”
Suggested mail-by dates for cards and packages destined for U.S. addresses are: Dec. 20 for First-Class Mail, Dec. 21 for Priority Mail, and Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express.
For international destinations, Global Express Guaranteed is available through Dec. 18 for most countries (Dec. 19 if mailing to Canada).