CAMDEN — The U.S. Postal Service hopes to have construction at the Camden Post Office done by the end of the year, but it has not announced a firm date for re-opening the institution.

U.S. Postal Service spokesman Stephen Doherty said Dec. 5 that the Post Office still hopes to have the construction completed and open by the end of the year. “I haven’t heard anything to the contrary,” he said.

He said the Postal Service has not put a firm date on re-opening since “things can go wrong” in an ongoing construction project. He said once the project is essentially done and they are putting the finishing touches on it, the service will put out some kind of statement to the public.

In a Sept. 9 letter to postal customers, Post Office Operations Manager Heather Adams said, “…After careful consideration, and only as a last resort, the ME-NH-VT District has decided to temporarily suspend retail operations for Camden …due to construction in the building.”

That closure went into effect at the close of business Friday, Sept. 16.

Delivery to street addresses has continued and any items that cannot be delivered at the residence can be picked up at the Rockland Post Office during retail hours. PO Box mail is also available in Rockland.

Camden Select Board Chair Robert Falciani said, “I have had a number of people noting how friendly and helpful the overburdened Rockland USPS employees have been.”

He said he had heard Post Office workers are being told March 2023.

The holiday season currently under way is a busy time for the U.S. Postal Service with people sending out and receiving cards and letters and with numerous deliveries of packages from online purchases and gifts being shipped from loved ones in other areas.