Gas prices creep closer to averaging $2/gal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — After gas prices that seemed heaven-sent persisted below two dollars a gallon in Southern New England — they’re starting to creep back up to that two-dollar mark.

Reflecting a 7-cent increase, AAA Northeast’s weekly survey of gas prices in Rhode Island found self-serve regular unleaded averaging right at $1.99 per gallon as of Monday, March 28.

Over the past four weeks, gas prices have gone up 25 cents a gallon, AAA said. The travel club’s Lloyd P. Albert, Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, cited “rebounding crude oil prices, seasonal increases in fuel demand, and reduced production due to refinery maintenance.”

The most expensive price for regular unleaded was $2.07 a gallon; the least, $1.87.

A year ago at this time, the average price was $2.36 a gallon.

The average price for midgrade unleaded this week is $2.22, and premium unleaded runs $2.40 on average.

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