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Gas Price Report For June 19, 2017

Gas price trend for week of June 19, 2017Fort Lauderdale, FL – The nation’s average price of gas fell another nickel per gallon during the past seven days, according to the weekly fuel price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A. report shows the cost of regular unleaded has fallen to $2.32 per gallon. That figure is nearly ten cents less, on average, that just two weeks ago, as retail prices relent amid a glut of oil worldwide.

Regionally, prices were down across the board, with declines led by the Midwest, where prices fell nearly seven cents per gallon. Prices were down the least in the Rocky Mountain states, as prices in that region were off by just under a penny per gallon.

Truckers got some good news, as diesel prices also declined on the week. Prices fell well above three cents per gallon to settle at $2.49. Like gasoline, prices for diesel fell in all regions.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.860: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.626: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.414: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.396: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.316: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.267: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.181: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.156: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.091: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.782: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.683: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.625: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.590: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.539: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.427: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.411: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.329: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

Gas Price Report For June 12, 2017

Gas Price trend for week of June 12, 2017Fort Lauderdale, FL – The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded took a plunge on the week, according to the latest weekly survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. For the first time in weeks, the nation’s average gas price fell nearly a nickel per gallon to $2.37.

Prices in all regions declined, with the lowest drop found across the Rocky Mountain states, where prices only fell about a penny per gallon. The Midwest enjoyed the biggest break, with prices falling an average 7.4¢ per gallon, according to the E.I.A.

The E.I.A. report had as much good news for truckers this week, as average price of a gallon of diesel fuel fell to $2.52 per gallon, down an even four cents from last week.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.892: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.642: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.431: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.422: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.349: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.310: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.248: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.207: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.141: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.805: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.711: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.644: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.614: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.569: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.459: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.454: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.368: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

This story as been corrected to update the weekly price average for diesel fuel in the West Coast region. The previous report showed diesel prices on the West Coast averaged $2.681 per gallon. This figure has been corrected to $2.805 per gallon.

Gas Price Report For June 5, 2017

Gas price trend for week of June 5, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The nation’s average price of gas went up nearly a penny per gallon during the past week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A. weekly fuel price survey shows the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded increased by about eight-tenths of a penny. However, due to rounding, the average gas price remained unchanged at $2.41 per gallon, despite the increase.

Regional price averages were mixed nationwide, according to the weekly survey. The West Coast region, the where prices are the highest, enjoyed a slight decline in prices. The Gulf Coast, where prices are the cheapest, saw prices at the pump go up slightly.

The E.I.A. report had better news for truckers this week, as prices went down in nearly all regions or, at the worst, barely moved upward. Nationwide, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel is $2.56, down from $2.57 last week.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.942: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.662: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.455: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.400: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.431: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.346: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.322: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.249: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.171: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.836: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.744: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.664: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.624: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.599: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.505: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.490: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.417: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

Gas Price Report For May 29*, 2017

*Memorial Day on May 29. Report released May 30, 2017.

Gas price trend for week of May 29, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas ticked up nationwide to about $2.41 per gallon of regular unleaded, according to the weekly fuel price report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, the price increase was less than a penny per gallon, a welcome break after a much higher increase the previous week.

Nonetheless, some regional price averages advanced at a much greater pace than the national average, according to the E.I.A. The broad West Coast region, for instance, saw prices lurch forward nearly three cents per gallon, with that region’s price average flirting with a $3.00 per gallon price point. The region is heavily influenced by prices in California, where drivers have been paying in excess of $3.00 for most of May, according to the weekly report.

The E.I.A. report had bad news for truckers and diesel-car owners, as the average price of diesel surged over three cents on the week. The national average now stands at $2.57 per gallon.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.959: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.668: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.466: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.410: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.422: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.341: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.301: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.227: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.155: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.843: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.751: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.661: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.622: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.608: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.512: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.505: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.423: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

Alligator Alley To Remain Open While Winds Cooperate

Alligator Alley signA dispatcher with the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed this evening there are no plans to close Alligator Alley tonight. Alligator Alley comprises a section of Interstate 75 in Florida, connecting the east coast and west coast at the south end of the peninsula. The trooper told TurnpikeInfo.com that winds had shifted direction, making for more favorable driving conditions.

Smoke from nearby wildfires, in the Everglades, forced the FHP to close Alligator Alley Monday night around 6 p.m. The roadway was open again this morning.

Severe wildfires have forced the closure of Alligator Alley in the past, including a spate of closures in the spring of 2009 that impacted drivers for about a week.

Wildfires Force Closure Of Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley signA dispatcher with the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed this afternoon Alligator Alley in Florida, which connects the east coast and west coast at the south end of the peninsula, will close indefinitely this evening due to wildfires in the Florida Everglades. The trooper was unable to confirm the duration of the closure, and said the situation remained “fluid”.

Alligator Alley has been closed at times in the past due to wildfires. In the spring of 2009, the roadway was closed intermittently for over a week due to extreme smoke and reduced visibility.

The current closure was due to happen around 6 p.m. on Memorial Day, with no word from officials of when the roadway would reopen.

Gas Price Report For May 22, 2017

Gas price trend for week of May 22, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Just as throngs of American drivers prepare to hit the road for Memorial Day, gas prices performed a dramatic about-face and rose three cents per gallon on the week, according to the latest weekly price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The nation’s average gas price is now $2.40 per gallon, lead by sharp increases in prices in California, and across the Midwest and New England.

The price of diesel dropped, although only slightly, according to  the E.I.A. report. The nation’s average diesel driver paid about a half-penny less for fuel this week, although  the drop was not enough to move the needle on the average pricing. That figure remains $2.54 per gallon for a consecutive week.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.933: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.656: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.442: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.393: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.381: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.327: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.315: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.221: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.149: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.828: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.733: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.629: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.626: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.588: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.479: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.468: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.384: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

Gas Price Report For May 15, 2017

Gas price trend for week of May 15, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The nation’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas barely budged this week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Most regional price averages declined on the week, according to the weekly E.I.A. district survey, but there was a penny per gallon increase across California, and a stiff increase of nearly four cents per gallon in the volatile Midwest region. That kept the national average price decline in check, at a mere third of a penny per gallon. As a consequence, the nation’s average gas price held this week at $2.37 per gallon.

The price of diesel dropped over two cents per gallon, however, according to the E.I.A. report. That price decline was fairly evenly met across most regions, although California enjoyed a bigger price dip. Nationally, the E.I.A. reports the cost of diesel is now $2.54 per gallon.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.872: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.643: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.437: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.384: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.367: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.320: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.268: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.218: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.129: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.824: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.737: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.626: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.626: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.595: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.488: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.479: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.382: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

Gas Price Report For May 8, 2017

Gas price trend for week of May 8, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas gave ground again this week for drivers, pushing downward in a second weekly decline that neared four cents per gallon, according to the weekly fuel price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A. report shows the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is now $2.37.

The needle did not move so much for most truckers, according to the E.I.A. survey, although diesel prices did tick down on the week. Nationwide, the cost of diesel now averages about $2.57, after dipping about a penny and a half in price, on average, during the past seven days.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.863: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.651: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.460: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.393: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.384: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.348: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.253: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.232: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.168: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.846: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.753: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.651: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.642: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.612: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.507: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.497: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.410: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

Gas Price Report For May 1, 2017

Gas price trend for week of May 1, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Gas prices started the month of May with a price drop, the first in several weeks, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded fell nearly four cents, according to the E.I.A., to start May at $2.41. That relief impacted drivers in all regions this week, as reported in the weekly E.I.A. price survey, with the Midwest and Lower Atlantic states enjoying the larges price breaks.

The price of diesel did not move so dramatically for most truckers, according to the E.I.A. survey. The cost of diesel was mixed, with most regions enjoying a slight decline in prices. Nationwide, the cost of diesel now averages about $2.58, which is down just over a penny from last week.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.879: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.668: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.496: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.387: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.404: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.403: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.300: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.290: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.196: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.864: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.773: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.666: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.653: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.624: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.516: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.513: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.435: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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