Traffic, gas prices expected to increase during Memorial Day weekend

Gas prices spike before travel-heavy Memorial Day weekend, but travelers so far are undeterred

According to statistics from AAA, gas prices in Woodbury County averaged about $2.75 per gallon as of Sunday.

The record travel estimate comes despite higher gas prices than at this time previous year. That's well above the national average of $2.93, which is the highest since 2014.

Gasbuddy.com pegs the statewide average price for a gallon of gasoline at about $3.15.

Despite rising gas prices, about 36.6 million Americans will take a road trip this Memorial Day weekend, the start of summer travel, according to AAA, a travel services company that also tracks gas prices nationwide.

"It's no shock as we continue to see price hikes in 49 of the nation's 50 states in the last week".

After a long, and at times seemingly endless winter, western Pennsylvanians are ready to travel for Memorial Day.

While gas prices now aren't as much of an issue for some, they are keeping an eye on the possibility of continued increases ahead of summer vacations.

To find the cheapest price at the pump, AAA says avoid gas stations right off the highway. A price of $2.66 per gallon was available at Valero, 1000 W. Stan Schlueter Loop, and CEFCO, 3309 S. Fort Hood St.

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Prices around The Valley range anywhere from around $2.70 to 2.90 per gallon.

That drop, however, won't show up in this weekend's gas prices and is unlikely show up at all unless the price of crude oil stays at that level or falls lower. Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said they would likely put more barrels on the market in the second half of the year.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said in a press release that almost 1.5 million Ohioans are set to travel this weekend.

"Most analysts say that around here, we could be looking at $3.30, $3.40 before summer is done", Brandus says.

But there's been a steady flow of cars on the road Friday.

On Friday, they topped the three-dollar mark at $3.09.

About 535 campers are expected at Hammonasset campground this Memorial Day weekend.

"Maybe they'll make one less stop at a restaurant on the entire trip or they'll make changes in their daily habits to cut down on fuel costs", Garrity continued.

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