AAA predicting fewer longer road trips for the 4th

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The price for a gallon of gas in West Virginia continues to inch up in West Virginia after a deep dive during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The average price of a gallon of gas across Northern West Virginia is eight cents higher this week at $2.25 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Jim Garrity

“We’ve kinda gotten used to these cheaper gas prices,” Jim Garrity, AAA public and legislative affairs manager said. “We’re starting to see them sort of go in the upward direction because we’re seeing demand increase.”

Garrity said even with the increase, we’re paying about 50-cents less a gallon than we were at this time last year.

The July 4th holiday can be a busy one for longer trips but maybe not this year, according to Garrity.

“I think for the average West Virginian, you could take however crowded this time of the year last year and just subtract about 15 percent of the cars and that’s what you could expect,” Garrity said.

Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states reported increases ranging from 4 to 9 cents. West Virginia up 9 cents, North Carolina up 8 cents and Pennsylvania up 7 cents had the biggest increases in the region on this week’s top 10 largest weekly increases list. All other states saw prices fluctuate between four and eight cents, except for New York up 2 cents.

Most states in the region saw smaller increases at the pump likely due to the large increase in gasoline stockpiles, which added 1.3 million barrels, according to Energy Information Administration data.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average $2.255
Average price during the week of June 22, 2020 $2.172
Average price during the week of July 1, 2019 $2.632

The following is a list of the average prices in several West Virginia locations:

$2.299 Bridgeport
$2.273 Clarksburg
$2.259 Huntington
$2.293 Martinsburg
$2.298 Morgantown
$2.236 Parkersburg
$2.221 Weirton
$2.163 Wheeling





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