September 3, 2010 in Idaho

AAA: Washington gas prices up 14 cents over year

Idaho expects more holiday travelers despite higher prices
Staff and wire reports

SEATTLE — The AAA auto club says drivers hitting the road this Labor Day weekend in Washington will find gasoline prices 14 cents a gallon higher than they were this time last year.

The club reports prices in Washington on Thursday averaged $3.06 a gallon, compared to $2.92 a year ago.

It’s also 39 cents higher than the national average, $2.67, but down two cents in the past month in Washington.

Some prices around the state from the AAA survey:

Bellingham $3.12, Bremerton $3.03, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.05, Tacoma $2.97, Olympia $3.02, Vancouver $2.99, Yakima $3.09, Tri-Cities $3.12, Spokane $3.06.

Idaho’s average gas price is now $2.99 per gallon, up four cents in the past three weeks and 31 cents above the national average of $2.68, according to AAA of Idaho. But the AAA is forecasting a 10 percent increase in auto travel over this Labor Day holiday weekend in Idaho and the region, compared to last year, despite the pricier gas.

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