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Bridge Closure Causes Mail Problems in Albemarle County

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Some resident in Albemarle County are only getting their mail once a week. Some resident in Albemarle County are only getting their mail once a week.
This bridge on Secretarys Sand Road is causing a 20 minute detour. This bridge on Secretarys Sand Road is causing a 20 minute detour.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

People living in Albemarle County are having trouble getting mail due to issues with a bridge.

Last month, the Virginia Department of Transportation shut down a bridge on Secretarys Sand Road and now, some neighbors say they are getting mail only once a week. Residents say they were getting mail every day before they closed down the bridge.

The closure of the on-lane bridge is also causing a 20 minute detour for some neighbors, such as Deborah Via, who has lived in the neighborhood for nearly 35 years.

“We love the old metal bridge that was here they they’re tearing down,” Via said.

Via was told she would be getting her mail every day, but her box remains empty most of the week.

“There’s a detour set up for the folks that are going across that bridge and we understand there’s an impact, there’s a balance between the impact and the resident that use the bridge every day and the cost of the construction,” said Joel DeNunzio of the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The new bridge isn’t set to be done until December, so neighbors of Secretarys Sand Road may be experiencing mail issues for a while longer.

“I’m retiring and we’re switching health plans so we would be getting a new health card coming in the mail where I’m retiring,” Via said. “I haven’t received that yet.”

Via contacted her local post office several times and visited to pick up her mail after going two weeks without it.

“Packages were being marked non-deliverable so people were asking ‘Why are you ordering when you can’t get your mail?’” Via said.

Via was told she would be getting her mail every day, but her box remains empty most of the week.

NBC29 reached out to the postal service and is waiting to hear back.