FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Junction outdoor mailbox gone

(WSB photo)

Thanks to Greg for the tip. A week after damage – reportedly from a driver – took it out of service again, the West Seattle Junction Post Office outdoor mailbox has been taken away. Last year it was gone for seven months. Our track record of getting official USPS responses to mailbox questions has been pretty bad, so if you have any inside info, – thanks!

26 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Junction outdoor mailbox gone"

  • Lynnbob October 18, 2018 (1:22 pm)

    What??!! Again? How many months to replace this time?

  • Voter suppression October 18, 2018 (1:44 pm)

    A way to suppress voting. If you aren’t paranoid, then you’re not paying attention.

    • Kram October 18, 2018 (5:56 pm)

      Beamed up by aliens so they can read our mail. I’m paying attention for sure!

  • Lola October 18, 2018 (2:03 pm)

    Right off of Beach Drive and off of Alki at 63rd & Hinds there is a mailbox. Also there is a new Ballot Drop box on Alaska St. and another one up in the Highpoint Area off of 35th I think it is Raymond but I could be wrong on that one. I hope they get this mail box back as I know how it is for some of the Elderly to have to get out and go into the post office.

  • Joan October 18, 2018 (2:12 pm)

    Drivers need to be more careful when trying to use the box! Perhaps driver training should take students to the box.

  • GWS October 18, 2018 (2:34 pm)

    This is why we can’t have nice stuff people !

  • Luke October 18, 2018 (2:36 pm)

    I wonder how many comments this post will get? West Seattle gets pretty excited about this mailbox.

  • Chuck Jacobs October 18, 2018 (2:40 pm)

    After the amount of time and money the spent on it last time, you’d think they would protect it with a curb or some concrete bollards.

  • T October 18, 2018 (2:41 pm)

    The lot is small but intuitive with angled parking spots and marked with arrows, albeit faded, and an exit plaque on the PO wall, but people commonly enter at the exit and exit out of the entrance. They stop in the red on Californian where it is signed as no stopping making it hard to see when it’s safe to exit. There’s a sidewalk on California and along the perimeter of the west side of the building but people walk where cars are trying to drive. The first parking spot on the south side of the lot (10am -2 pm) partially blocks the entrance when used. People will now use the spot where the box was as a parking spot like last time. Then still park there when / if the box is returned like last time.

  • flyingchickensinthebarnyard October 18, 2018 (3:03 pm)

    I commented when this box went in that it needs steel/concrete bollards on the corners to prevent this very thing from happening. The mail slot sticks out about a foot past the box and people just don’t pay attention. If/when this mailbox goes back in, USPS please take some easy preventative measures.

  • T October 18, 2018 (3:12 pm)

    Such a frustrating experience on many levels.

  • T October 18, 2018 (3:14 pm)

    I have used this drive up box for more than 20 years. No issues with hitting it or it being out of service until the last 2 years. What changed?

    • KM October 18, 2018 (3:40 pm)

      Prevalent smart phone usage and distracting new in-dash car technologies?

      Probably off-leash dogs too.

      • T October 18, 2018 (4:50 pm)

        Lol or dogs in laps of drivers.

    • Ken October 18, 2018 (5:08 pm)

      What changed? Drivers who, unfortunately, don’t care about the rules of the road, nor educated, considerate driving behavior. Evident by the ever increasing drivers who back up without looking; blow through stop signs; unwilling to wait a few seconds for people to cross streets at intersections and crosswalks; and making U-turns in the middle of blocks.

      Just add poor driving behavior to the general lack of civility that is evident virtually everywhere anymore.

      • Elly October 18, 2018 (8:41 pm)

        Don’t forget honking while speeding, I assume to warn those they are about to plow into to get out of their way. Especially in parking lots.

      • John Smith October 18, 2018 (9:58 pm)

        U-turns are allowed if the vehicle does not impede traffic; where crossing the center line is prohibited and/or a sign says no U-turn, U-turns are not allowed.

  • they October 18, 2018 (4:05 pm)

    The fact that you can drop an envelop into a box and have it delivered anywhere in the country with almost 100% certainty it will arrive at the correct destination in a certain time frame is nothing less that spectacular. So anything more than a week to replace this very commend type structure is the work of one individual bent on sending some sort of message… And not by mail..

  • Apey October 18, 2018 (4:20 pm)

    Okay, the off-leash dogs comment made me chuckle. :)

  • flimflam October 18, 2018 (4:44 pm)

    hee hee – i know its frustrating but i find this so amusing for some reason!

  • Marianne October 18, 2018 (5:00 pm)

    It is a good little parking spot for running in to the post office to check my P.O. Box.

  • ACG October 18, 2018 (7:27 pm)

    It was nice while it lasted.

  • Jon Wright October 18, 2018 (8:28 pm)

    How about we start a GoFundMe to raise the money to buy a spare mailbox? We find someone who lives near the post office and store our spare in their garage until the next time it is needed.

  • steve October 19, 2018 (8:15 am)

    Jon, great idea. Unfortunately, I think the Post Office would find some bureaucratic way to bungle the whole thing.

  • Gina October 19, 2018 (9:04 am)

    Maybe it is a T.A.R.D.I.S. The Doctor has recalled it,should be back in a Gallifrian minute.

  • RayWest October 23, 2018 (11:46 am)

    Geez!!! I’ve been using the drive-by boxes since the 1970s and don’t ever recall there being a problem until these two recent incidents. I suspect this may have to do with the increased size of vehicles people now drive–humongous SUVs attempting to maneuver their way through a small cramped space. I like the suggestions about putting bollards in front of them. Please hurry and fix the boxes.

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