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Bend getting another ZIP Code on July 1


Another sign of Bend’s growth came “in the mail” Monday, courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service – a new ZIP Code, starting this summer.

“In order to provide efficient and cost-effective mail delivery now and for the future, the U.S. Postal Service is creating a new ZIP Code in the Bend area, effective July 1, 2015,” the agency said in its announcement.

The new ZIP Code 97703, basically affecting northwest Bend west of Highway 97, impacts some addresses in the current 97701 area, the Postal Service said.

Beginning Monday, all postal customers affected by these changes are being notified by mail. If a customer does not receive written notification within the next week, they are NOT affected by these changes.

“The change comes as a result of the overall growth in mail deliveries that has accompanied population growth in this area,” the announcement said. Bend also has the 97702 and 97708 ZIP Codes, as well as 97709 for downtown post office boxes.

The Postal Service encouraged affected customers to use their new ZIP Code and notify family, friends, business customers and business associates beginning July 1; however, mail with either ZIP Code will be delivered for one year following the change. Individuals should include their new ZIP Code on any reply mail where the sender requests updated or corrected address information.

Customers in the affected area should also use their new ZIP Code when reordering stationery such as letterhead, envelopes, promotional literature, forms, and business cards.

No other action is necessary on customers’ part, as magazine publishers, financial institutions, insurance companies and utilities typically use computerized customer mailing lists, which update address ZIP Codes on a regular basis.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Description of Boundaries for New ZIP Code 97703 :

Northern Boundary: All deliveries north of and including NW Skyliners Road.

Western Boundary: All deliveries west of US Highway 97.

Southern Boundary: East on NW Commerce Ave to NW Skyliner Summit Loop, then to NW Washington Drive, South of NW Lakemont Drive onto NW Skyliners Road to its end.

Eastern Boundary: From the furthest north point traveling south on US Highway 97, merging with US Highway 20, continuing south eventually merging with the Bend Parkway until it intersects with the 97702 ZIP boundary just South of NW Colorado Avenue.

Note: Only addresses on the boundary road “US Highway 97” listed above will retain their current 97701 ZIP Code – none of them will be assigned the new 97703 ZIP.

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