Memorial Day weekend gas prices highest in four years

People fill up with gas at the Super America gas station Thursday on Washington Street in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey  Brainerd Dispatch

According to AAA East Central, Pennsylvania ranks among the top 10 markets with Memorial Day Weekend gas prices averaging at $3.08 per gallon.

As average gas prices nationally edged toward $3 a gallon on Friday, there was some mitigating news. Higher gas prices mean higher visitor spending, which a year ago reached $10.2 billion in OR, said Leon Aliski, Dean Runyan Associates project manager.

California as of Friday is the most expensive place in the country to fill up, with an average price of $3.727 a gallon, just ahead of Hawaii's $3.712, AAA data shows.

The national average is about $2.93 per gallon and it's expected to keep rising through the summer.

According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, almost 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years.

Meanwhile, the N.C. Department of Transportation has announced that it will pause most road construction that requires closures on major routes across the state to help holiday travelers have smoother trips.

The American cities that have seen the steepest price increases at the pump are also speckled across the Midwest.

Holly Brazeal is ready to hit the road this holiday weekend.

"We are the first ones coming here all the time", says Gabriel Valerim, " Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July - we are here".

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AAA-Michigan spokesman Gary Bubar says gasoline prices rarely figure in people's travel plans.

And Gas Buddy, a leading observer of retail fuel spending, said a summer travel survey it did offered some stark news. "Compared to past year it was $2.37 per gallon", said Donna Ottinger with AAA.

Thanks OPEC and Russia: The rebound in oil prices from the crash of 2015-2016 was engineered in large part by OPEC. "We're making good time", said Launa Moran.

Consumer gas prices for the holiday weekend will be the highest they've been in four years and will likely stay that way through the summer, the USA government said.

While some drivers decided not to travel because of the gas prices, others were willing to deal with pain at the pump this holiday weekend.

"They've definitely gone up since previous year".

"Based on past traffic data, periods of moderate to heavy congestion are expected to occur between noon and 6 p.m. today and Monday and during midday on Saturday and Sunday", she said.

"Make sure you have snacks and water in your auto and also make sure that you don't get stranded on the side of the road. So if you choose to ignore Florida's seat belt law, you can expect to receive a ticket as a costly reminder if you are stopped by an officer", Chenault said. More than 200 thousand West Virginians are going to be traveling, and about 89 percent of those are going to be hitting the roadways, " Autumn Bess, AAA Beckley District Supervisor, said.

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