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Holiday Travel Is Going To Cost You

OPB | June 30, 2014 2:30 p.m. | Portland

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Just in time for the long weekend, AAA announced that gas prices are continuing to climb. The average price for gas in Oregon is at $3.98 a gallon — up two cents from last week and up nine cents compared to gas prices last month.

In Portland, a driver is paying on average $3.96 a gallon. Elsewhere, it’s $3.97 in Salem, and $4.03 in Eugene and Medford. AAA reports that last year at this time, prices in Oregon averaged $3.77.

The prices are enough to cause drivers to cringe, and they’re the highest the area has seen for the Fourth of July weekend in a while. We haven’t seen these kind of prices since 2008 after the Great Recession was taking hold, and the West Coast is getting the worst of it. GasBuddy’s blog writes that California, Washington and Oregon have some of the highest fuel prices in the nation due to problems at nearby refineries.

The cheapest gas in each Oregon city, according to GasBuddy, is $3.81 in Portland, $3.82 in Salem, $3.89 in Eugene and Medford. If you happen to cross the Idaho border, gas is about 29 cents cheaper than Oregon’s average.

Oregon’s average is also 30 cents higher than the national average. Not exactly comforting to the the wallets of Oregonians planning to head out for the long weekend.

USA Today reports that prices usually start to drop around Independence Day, but recent unrest in Iraq is keeping prices up.

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