SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A new ZIP code went into effect July 1 for parts of the Summerville area.
Cane Bay, Sangaree, Carnes Crossing and New Hope neighborhoods will now use the ZIP code 29486. Those areas were previously using 29483 ZIP code.
According to U.S. Postal Service, the changes are necessary to keep up with an expanding number of deliveries in the area.
Everyone in the area impacted should have received notification from the post office.
Customers in the new Summerville 29486 ZIP Code area who receive notices for letters or parcels requiring a signature will continue to pick up those items at the Summerville Main Post Office, 301 N. Gum St. Summerville's Oakbrook Station will continue to offer existing window retail services and mail delivery will remain unchanged.
There will, however, be a one year grace period. That means, the postal service will recognize both ZIP codes until July 1, 2016.
Summerville Postmaster William Davie supports the change.
"These changes are necessary so we can continue to provide excellent mail service," said Davie.
"ZIP Codes were created to help us provide efficient mail delivery. With these changes, we will be able to continue providing the level of service our customers expect for years to come."