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About Danny Pryor

Danny Pryor is a media, content and web developer with a long history in broadcast and print journalism. He is also the executive director of Turnpike Information Company. Danny has earned two awards from the Associated Press for his work in media, including Best Individual Achievement for Large Market Radio in Miami. He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Gas Price Report For January 16, 2017*

*Report released January 17, 2017 due to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Gas price trend for week of January 16, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas finally turned downward during the past week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s weekly price survey. The E.I.A. report shows the cost of regular unleaded notched 3¢ lower, on average, to settle at $2.36 per gallon. Regional prices across the West and Rocky Mountains, however, did not fall on the week, according to the E.I.A. All other regions enjoyed noticeable declines in fuel prices, with the volatile Midwest markets gaining the most: a 6¢ average price drop.

The cost of diesel also gave ground this week, according to the E.I.A. Diesel prices went down just over a penny per gallon. The national average now stands at about $2.59 per gallon.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.683: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.504: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.490 PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.374: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.357: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.283: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.282: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.264: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.142: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.855: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.804: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.675: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.636: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.541: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.538: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.511: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.429: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Pennsylvania Turnpike To Close Overnight

Overnight Closures To Accommodate New Construction

PA Turnpike - I276The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced late Friday they would be closing I-276, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, for six hours the morning of Saturday, January 14, and Sunday, January 15, from 12:01 a.m. until 6 a.m. between Exit 351 and Exit 358. Officials stated the closures were necessary for construction workers to safely install new bridge supports and beams on a bridge at mile marker 356.6.

Authorities at the PA Turnpike Commission said they had marked alternate driving routes for eastbound and westbound travel, and officials said in a written release that state police and turnpike personnel would be directing traffic through the weekend’s overnight closures.

For drivers, the following detours will apply:

Eastbound Detour

Take U.S. Route 1 south to State Route 132 east, to U.S. Route 13 north. Reenter the Turnpike at the Delaware Valley Interchange, Exit 358.

Westbound Detour

Take U.S. Route 13 south to State Route 132 west to U.S. Route 1 north. Reenter the Turnpike at the Bensalem Interchange, Exit 351.

Gas Price Report For January 9, 2017

Gas price trend for week of January 9, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas continued, this week, what has become a weekly ritual of increases. However, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, this week’s price rise was much lower than recent weeks. That gave drivers something of a break from the break-neck pace of price hikes, but only just. The E.I.A.’s weekly price survey shows the national average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas went up just over a penny per gallon to settle at about $2.39. Still, that is likely some relief from the 7-cent hike drivers felt last week.

The cost of diesel went up the same price as its petroleum counterpart, according to the E.I.A. As with regular gas, diesel prices went up just over a penny per gallon. The national average now stands at about $2.60 per gallon.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.680: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.515: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.465 PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.395: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.378: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.344: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.310: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.259: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.168: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.873: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.813: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.677: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.648: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.547: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.541: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.526: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.448: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For January 2, 2017*

*Note: Report delayed to January 3 due to New Years holiday

Gas price trend for week of January 2, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas continued its unrelenting trek higher this past week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s weekly gas price survey. The first report of 2017 shows the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas jumped nearly seven cents per gallon over the past week, with the national average settling at $2.38 per gallon.

Meanwhile, the cost of diesel pushed upward again during the week,according to the E.I.A. As with regular gas, diesel prices started the new year with a big price leap, about five cents higher than the previous week. The national average now stands at about $2.59 per gallon.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.651: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.496: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.430 PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.386: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.371: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.347: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.307: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.234: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.148: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.847: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.776: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.665: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.627: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.540: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.535: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.514: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.451: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For December 26, 2016*

*Note: Report delayed to December 27 due to Christmas holiday

Gas price trend for week of December 26, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas continued surging upward through the holidays, according to the latest weekly price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The last E.I.A. gas price report of 2016 was delayed one day due to the Christmas holiday, and shows the price of regular unleaded increased another 4-and-a-half cents, to settle near $2.31. According to E.I.A. reports over the past four weeks, average prices, nationwide, have increased nearly 16-cents per gallon. Prices across the Midwest went up more than half that amount in the past week, alone, according to the E.I.A., stinging holiday travelers.

The cost of diesel pushed upward again this week, too, according to the E.I.A. The national average cost of diesel went up just over a penny per gallon and now stands at $2.54.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.592: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.416: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.395 PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.313: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.311: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.280: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.237: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.175: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.080: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.807: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.687: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.611: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.573: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.516: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.489: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.478: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.421: PADD 3 GULF COAST
Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For December 19, 2016

Gas price trend for week of December 19, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas continues to move higher nationwide, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, as prices pushed upward nearly three cents again this week. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is now over $2.26. In all, prices nationwide have surged 11¢ higher since Thanksgiving.

The E.I.A.’s weekly price survey of the nation’s petroleum defense districts shows prices went up in all regions this week, unlike last week. Prices in the Lower Atlantic and Gulf Coast states each went up 4.5¢ per gallon, or a nickel, in more practical terms. In a rare shift of rank, the Central Atlantic states have, technically, higher prices for gas than the West Coast of the U.S., provided California is removed from the formula.

The cost of diesel pushed upward again this week, too, according to the E.I.A. The national average cost of diesel went up just over a three cents per gallon and now stands at $2.53.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.563: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.378: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.377 PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.290: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.281: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.226: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.192: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.135: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.053: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.788: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.667: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.587: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.559: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.495: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.479: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.470: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.410: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For December 12, 2016

Gas price trends for week of December 12, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas lurched upward once more, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, as prices followed last week’s five-cent gain with another three-cent price jump this week. The average price of regular unleaded, nationwide, is now nearly $2.24 per gallon, according to this week’s E.I.A. price survey. The weekly report shows all regions are now, officially, above the $2.00 price point, with prices along the Gulf Coast slipping up to $2.01 this week. The only regions where prices are going down are California and the broader West Coast, where prices are already highest in the nation.

The cost of diesel pushed upward again this week, as well, according to the E.I.A. The E.I.A. reports the national average cost of diesel went up just over a penny per gallon and now stands at $2.49.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.556: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.368 PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.363: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.257: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.259: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.181: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.162: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.122: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.008: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.772: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.633: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.547: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.520: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.447: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.446: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.429: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.371: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

2017 Toll Increases Impact Multiple States

Many Agencies Raising Tolls For Capital Improvement Projects

Road Widening and Technology Upgrades Lead Lists

Drivers across many of the nation’s toll roads will find themselves pitching more change into the basket as they pass barriers in 2017, as a number of states’ tolling agencies announced they are preparing to raise costs. Pennsylvania’s Turnpike Commission announced its rate increase in July, via an online news release. The Ohio Turnpike Commission began raising rates in 2013, and the commission has already published Ohio’s annual rate increases on its website through 2023. Illinois announced its rate increase for 2017 early in 2016.

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Oklahoma Toll exhibit from NewsOK.com. Illinois Tollway rate card from Illinois Tollway. Ohio Turnpike toll rates from The Ohio Turnpike Commission. Pennsylvania Turnpike rates from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

In making its announcement for 2017, the PA Turnpike Commission said its toll increases were necessary to fund a “10-year spending plan which invests more than $5.77-billion” into the turnpike system. Part of that plan, the commission said, includes road widening and reconstruction projects.

The Ohio Turnpike Commission issued a proclamation, in 2013, that stated, in part, “[T]oll rate increases are needed to pay any increased operating costs over the next ten years, as well as increases in debt service payments required because of the issuance of Turnpike Revenue Bonds.”

Illinois Tollway construction

Road work on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, in April 2016.

Meanwhile, Illinois has been on a massive technology and infrastructure improvement plan that, this year, included a major upgrade of the Jane Addams Memorial Highway, in addition to improvements on other toll roads of the Illinois Tollway system. The current set of price increases is due to impact primarily truckers. New all-electronic tolling systems are also set to become operational Illinois’ Route 390 later in 2017, according to the state’s official toll website.

Different Dates For Toll Rate Hikes From State To State

Not all 2017 increases are happening on New Year’s Day. While Illinois and Ohio are hiking rates on January 1, Pennsylvania is giving drivers a one-week grace period, of sorts. Penna rates will go up on January 8.

However, not all 2017 toll rate increases have been finalized, and not all state toll agencies know whether they plan to raise rates.

Some Toll Adjustments In Some States Still Uncertain

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority had planned a 12% toll increase that would take effect January 1, but a challenge to the bond issue the increase would fund has put the precise date, and the increase, in doubt, said Jack Damrill, the authority’s Director of Communications and Facilities.

However, Mr. Damrill sounded confident Oklahoma’s tolls would be adjusted in the coming year, regardless of the state’s Supreme Court case. “There is a good possibility the toll increase could be put on hold until the outcome of the litigation,” he wrote in an email, adding, “In short, our tolls will be changing sometime in 2017.”

Chad Huff, with Florida’s Department of Transportation, said authorities in that state were unsure about any toll increase on Florida’s Turnpike in 2017, even though the state’s legislature has authorized the agency to raise rates to keep up with U.S. Consumer Price Index, a process the state calls “toll indexing.” Huff said Florida’s toll agency would review the potential for a 2017 increase well after the start of the year, suggesting a decision may be made early in the second quarter of 2017. “Our toll rates are evaluated in the Spring, for possible implementation in the Summer,” Huff wrote TurnpikeInfo.com. “Best to check back in April.” Florida typically raises rates in July, although there were no increases in 2016.

Indiana, Massachusetts Hike Rates In 2016

Indiana Toll Road eastbound

The Indiana Toll Road, pictured above, recently underwent a major resurfacing that finally forced the state’s concession company to raise rates in July of 2016.

Some states have already raised rates ahead of the coming new year. Tolls across Indiana went up July 1, after an announcement by the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company, a private-sector company contracted to run the state’s 157-mile toll highway. The ITR connects to the Chicago Skyway on the west end and to the Ohio Turnpike at the east gate. The ITRCC announced the hike only two months before it officially took effect.

In Massachusetts, the residents and visitors traveling the Massachusetts Turnpike were introduced to new tolls on October 28, 2016, along with a new all-electronic toll system that no longer accepts cash. The Mass Pike, as it is known colloquially, connects to the New York State Thruway on the west end of the state, and to Boston and Logan International Airport in the east.

No Toll Increases For New Jersey, New York

Neither the New Jersey Turnpike nor the Garden State Parkway were due for a toll increase in the coming year, said Thomas Feeney, with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

In New York, a spokeswoman at the New York State Thruway press office said Governor Andrew Cuomo had frozen future toll increases until after 2020.

 

Gas Price Report For December 5, 2016

Gas price trend for week of December 5, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas did an about-face this week, after three weeks of declines, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which reports the average national price for regular unleaded shot upward over five cents per gallon in the past seven days. The national average is now nearly $2.21 per gallon, up from about $2.15 just a week ago. Several regions had prices lurch upward as much as eight cents per gallon. In an unusual trend, California, and the broader West Coast, enjoyed a decline in gas prices.

The cost of diesel jumped this week, as well, according to the E.I.A. The E.I.A. reports the national average cost of diesel surged six cents per gallon and now stands at $2.48.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.571: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.380: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.340: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.236: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.231: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.147: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.120: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.107: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$1.979: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.770: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.602: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.526: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.457: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.499: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.415: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.431: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.361: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For November 28, 2016

Gas price trend for week of November 28, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas took another dip this week, but unless you live in one of the states covered with Rocky Mountains, you may not notice. According to the weekly release from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average price of regular unleaded fell only a tenth of a penny per gallon during the week. The average price now stands at $2.15 per gallon, a price that is down a penny from last week’s average, but only due to rounding. Millions of drivers across the Midwest are paying nearly three cents per gallon more than last week, a common happenstance in a region besieged by pricing volatility.

The cost of diesel declined again this week, but no more noticeably than regular fuels, as prices only went down a tenth of a penny, on average, according to the E.I.A. The E.I.A. reports the national average cost of diesel is remains at $2.42 per gallon.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.572: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.401: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.284: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.192: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.164: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.146: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.067: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.039: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$1.906: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.727: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.549: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.472: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.450: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.446: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.361: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.356: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.290: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.