Upgrade project not affecting postal operations

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor work on the steps

Morning Journal/Katie White The post office on North Market is undergoing a few upgrades, with customers are being asked to use a side entrance in the meantime.

EAST PALESTINE — The post office on North Market Street is getting a few upgrades, and in the meantime, customers are being asked to use a side entrance.

Tim Leverknight, a supervisor at the post office, said the work began May 12 to replace the granite steps, light poles and handrails, and repaint areas of the building where paint is chipping off.

The project was initiated by the postmaster and the work is being done by a company under contract. It also includes some repainting on the roof as well.

The post office did not wish to disclose the cost of the project.

“We are trying to refinish and bring it back to the way it was when it was first built,” Leverknight said.

The historical building at 269 N. Market St. was constructed in 1936 and remodeled in 1960, according to online records through the county auditor’s office.

It is owned by the East Palestine post office.

Leverknight said the upgrades are also for safety reasons in addition to improving the look of the building.

While the work is under way, customers should be aware of a handicap accessible entrance on the left side of the building, he added.

“A lot of people don’t realize we have another entrance,” he said, noting that could be the reason business has slowed some since the work started.

Despite the main entrance being blocked, the post office is still operating “business as usual” while construction is going on, he said.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

A completion date has not yet been set for the work.