BEND, OR -- Oregon’s average price for a gallon of unleaded gas continues to climb, albeit slightly, this week. Marie Dodds with AAA-Oregon tells KBND the national average dropped 2-cents to $2.77, while the statewide average rose a half a penny to $3.15. "These prices sound high compared to where gas prices were a few months ago. But, if you compare them to last year’s prices, they look pretty good. And in Bend, a year ago, we were paying $4.03 a gallon, compared to $3.18, now."
Dodds says it's possible Central Oregon prices could go up even more as we head toward the weekend. "Often times, when we combine a holiday weekend with a popular area, we see gas prices go up in that area; certainly we see that in Central Oregon, we see that in some communities along the Oregon Coast. And, our advice is always Shop Around!" AAA reports this year's Fourth of July holiday will still see the lowest prices since 2010.
Dodds says this weekend is the busiest travel holiday of the summer, with a 1% increase in travel in Oregon and, "Nationwide, AAA is projecting that 42-million Americans, or 13% of the population will travel 50 miles or more from home. Our numbers in this part of the country are very similar to the national numbers. We are also looking at an increase of about 1%, with about 6.5 million of us going somewhere for the holiday. The Fourth of July is the busiest travel holiday of the summer. Expect lots of company."