Patrons of the Orem post office can expect next-day service to Provo and southern Utah, thanks to efforts by the Provo/

Orem Chamber of Commerce and Provo, Orem and regional U.S. Postal Service officials.A special drop box for Provo and southern Utah mail has been installed at the Orem post office, said Provo Postmaster Richard Woolums. The mail deposited in that box will be collected daily at 7 p.m. and taken to the East Bay postal facility for sorting. It will then be delivered to Provo and southern Utah addresses the next day.

"This is something we've been needing for a long time," said Steve Densley, chamber president. "That's why we called all interested parties together to discuss the matter, and the postal officials were very cooperative. We're excited to see the overnight service a reality."

The service will be especially valuable to Orem businesses. Later collection times will allow businesses that close at 5:30 or 6 p.m. to deposit their mail for overnight delivery.

In addition, Provo City and the chamber recently worked to get a drop-box driveway built on the south side of the Provo post office. The driveway was needed after the post office was forced to close the drop boxes on the east side of the building because of parking problems.