Gas Price Report For February 27, 2017

Gas price trend for week of February 27, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Only a week after reversing course, the price of gas turned once more, as the national average pushed back up about a penny per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The weekly E.I.A. gas price survey shows prices settled, nationally, at just over $2.31 per gallon. Prices across the East Coast were generally down, but a significant price hike in California dragged the national averages higher.

The cost of diesel increased this week, albeit barely, according to the E.I.A. The average cost of diesel went up about a half a penny per gallon, as the national price average pushed up to $2.58.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.796: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.522: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.396: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.286: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.272: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.273: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.210: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.207: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.069: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.877: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.772: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.658: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.635: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.582: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.533: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.499: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.433: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

Gas Price Report For February 20*, 2017

Editor’s note: The EIA weekly price survey was delayed due to the Presidents’ Day Holiday, which was February 20. The report was released February 21, 2017.

Gas Price trend for week of February 20, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gasoline took a little turn for the better this week, at least for most drivers. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s weekly price survey shows the nation’s average price for a gallon of unleaded gas fell about a half-penny per gallon, settling at $2.30. Prices fell in most regions, except along the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains. East Coast prices were up fractionally, led by a rise in costs along the Lower Atlantic states.

The cost of diesel increased this week, bucking the regular gasoline trend, according to the E.I.A. However, the average cost of diesel went up less than a penny per gallon, and the national price average remains at $2.57.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.750: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.496: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.420: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.294: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.288: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.252: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.201: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.190: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.069: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.876: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.770: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.658: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.628: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.548: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.521: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.495: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.433: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

Gas Price Report For February 13, 2017

Gas price trend for week of February 13, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The cost of filling your gas tank may have gone up this week, as the nation’s average fuel costs reversed course and pumped upward almost one-and-a-half cents, on average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average cost of a gallon of unleaded gas is now $2.31.

The surge in prices was largely due to dramatic price increases across the Midwest and West Coast regions, both which inflated the national average. Prices increased only slightly or went down in every other region, dropping noticeably in both Atlantic regions.

The cost of diesel increased this week, but only just, according to the E.I.A. The average cost of diesel went up about a penny per gallon and is now $2.57.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.732: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.487: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.424: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.296: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.293: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.230: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.213: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.195: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.080: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.869: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.765: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.668: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.626: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.522: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.519: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.487: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.424: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

Gas Price Report For Monday, February 6, 2017

Gas price trend for week of February 6, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The nation’s average gas price dropped for a fourth consecutive week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A.’s weekly gas price survey shows the average price of the nation’s gasoline fell from $2.30 to $2.29, although the actual price decline was only three-tenths of a penny. However, drivers in the Midwest and Central Atlantic regions enjoyed as much as a penny off last week’s fuel costs, according to the report.

The cost of diesel dropped again this week, as well, according to the E.I.A. The average cost of diesel is now $2.56 per gallon.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.700: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.483 PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.432: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.301: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.294: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.233: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.206: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.181: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.071: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.856: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.763: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.661: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.618: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.515: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.508: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.492: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.403: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

Delaware River Bridge To Remain Closed Two Months

Officials Announce April Reopening, But Only If “Best Case Scenario” Prevails

The Delaware River Bridge, which connects the New Jersey Turnpike and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, is slated to remain closed at least another eight weeks, officials announced Friday. The bridge was shut to civilian traffic on Friday, January 20 when a large crack was discovered in a support truss. The decision to keep the bridge closed was made by a joint engineering task force being co-led by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The agencies jointly own and manage the DRB.

Jacking And Realigning Bridge To Take At Least One Month

Crack in Delaware River Bridge

Weight loads shifted considerably, officials say, when this crack opened in a support truss of the DRB, which has been closed to traffic since January 20, 2017. The bridge now must be realigned before the fracture can be repaired.

That means the next several weeks will be devoted to installing temporary towers and hydraulic jacks to realign the bridge. The groundwork for the jacking towers began last week, authorities said. Steel-pipe pilings are being installed underground, according to officials, that will support 80-foot towers. Those towers will be carefully jacked into position to realign the bridge, but that will not happen until early March, at least, according to authorities.

However, officials admit they do not know whether the rest of the bridge can support a regular traffic flow, and authorities said they will not be able to determine that until the jacking process is completed.

“The goal of the jacking operation is to return the bridge to its original position and allow us to complete a permanent splice of the fracture,” said Brad Heigel, Chief Engineer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. “As the jacking operation occurs, and load is transferred within the bridge, instrumentation will monitor the actual loads, stresses and displacements, which will be compared to estimated outcomes from computer models.”

Agency Heads Say They Hope For “Best Case Scenario”, But Sound Cautionary Tone

“Under the best case scenario, the bridge will return to its original position and the construction team will be able to install a permanent repair splice on the fractured steel member,” officials with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority wrote in a prepared statement. “It is possible, however, that the process will reveal the need for a [sic] more complex repairs or possibly even replacement of the entire structure, in which case the closure would last longer.”

“We want to get this bridge reopened to traffic as soon as we are safely able to do so,” said New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Richard T. Hammer. Hammer also serves as chairman of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority board.

“We understand the inconvenience this closure creates for tens of thousands of drivers every day,” he said. “We are working around the clock to get it reopened. But we won’t allow a single car to cross that bridge until we are absolutely certain that it is safe.”

Alternate routes remain in effect for traffic crossing between the two states’ turnpikes. Authorities say the DRB carries an average of 42-thousand vehicles per day across the now-disabled span.

REPAIR TIMETABLE

The PTC announced a tentative repair timetable, which authorities say represents the best case scenario for reopening the bridge to traffic. That timetable is as follows:

Estimated Bridge Repair Timetable

  • Feb. 6 – Install jacking towers.
  • Feb. 13 – Install jacking towers, instrumentation and structural reinforcement required for jacking.
  • Feb. 20 – Install instrumentation and structural reinforcement required for jacking.
  • Feb. 27 – Install structural reinforcement required for jacking.
  • March 6 – Perform jacking.
  • March 13 – Install permanent repair splice.
  • March 20 – Perform load testing.
  • March 27 – Demobilize jacking towers.


ALTERNATE ROUTES

Eastbound Detour (Pennsylvania to New Jersey)

PA Turnpike motorists heading east into New Jersey should use this revised alternate route: Exit at the Bensalem Interchange, #351 in Bucks County. Follow U.S. Route 1 north, to I-95 north, to I-295, south, to I-195 east. Take Exit 6 on I-195, and reenter the NJ Turnpike. Source: PA Turnpike Commission.

Westbound Detour (New Jersey to Pennsylvania)

NJTP drivers heading west into Pennsylvania will need to use either Interstate 78, Interstate 295, or the Burlington-Bristol Bridge. Source: New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Gas Price Report For January 30, 2017

Gas price trend for week of January 30, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The nation’s average price of gas fell for a third-consecutive week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A. reports the average price of the nation’s gasoline dropped another 3 cents per gallon on the week. The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is now just below $2.30. As regions go, drivers in the Midwest enjoyed the biggest price break this week, with costs dropping over a nickel per gallon, on average.

The cost of diesel also gave up a shekel this week, according to the E.I.A. Diesel prices went down about a penny per gallon, on average, to dip to $2.56 per gallon.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.678: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.483 PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.458: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.320: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.314: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.255: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.220: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.168: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.089: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.845: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.770: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.662: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.622: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.516: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.510: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.500: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.408: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

Gas Price Report For January 23, 2017

Gas price trend for week of January 23, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The nation’s average price of gas fell on the week, the second consecutive weekly decline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The 3.2¢ price drop was slightly higher than last week’s 3¢ price decline, bringing some relief to drivers who had been enduring weeks of increasing prices through the holidays. The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded now stands at just under $2.33.

The cost of diesel also gave ground again this week, according to the E.I.A. Diesel prices went down more than 1-and-a-half cents. The national average now stands at about $2.57 per gallon.

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

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.676: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.492 PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.485: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.348: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.337: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.256: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.250: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.219: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.124: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.849: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.784: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.676: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.627: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.512: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.532: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.507: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.414: PADD 3 GULF COAST

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

“Extreme Delays” Likely Between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Authorities Warn

Delaware River Bridge To Be Closed Indefinitely Due To Crack In Structure

Delaware River Bridge

The Delaware River Bridge, linking New Jersey and Pennsylvania drivers, will remain closed indefinitely, officials have announced.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority are, jointly, warning drivers to expect “extreme delays” at crossings over the Delaware River due to the closure of the Delaware River Bridge. The bridge, which connects the New Jersey Turnpike to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, was closed Friday afternoon after a painting crew found a large crack in a support truss.

Officials with each state office were asking drivers to consider using public transit or carpooling to help reduce congestion. Authorities also have suggested people consider adjusting their work schedules, for those who can do so, or consider working from home, known in the tech world as telecommuting.

Updated Detours From State Officials In Pennsylvania And New Jersey

Meanwhile, authorities in both states listed an updated detour list, given the DRB is likely to remain closed for weeks to come. Essentially, drivers heading to New Jersey will be detoured off the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Exit 351, although local traffic will be permitted to access Exit 358, authorities with the PA Turnpike Commission announced. Meanwhile, drivers heading to Pennsylvania will be detoured off the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 7A.

The full set of detours released by the states’ respective commissions is as follows:

  • Motorists heading to New Jersey will be detoured at PA Turnpike Exit 351 to Route 1 northbound to I-95 northbound, which becomes I-295 southbound in New Jersey, to I-195 eastbound to the New Jersey Turnpike. PA Turnpike Exit #358, Delaware Valley, will remain open for local traffic only; watch out for a single-lane pattern approaching Delaware Valley.
  • Motorists heading to Pennsylvania will be detoured at New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 7A to I-195 westbound to I-295 northbound, which becomes I-95 southbound; or from New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 5 to Mount Holly Road. Motorists traveling from northern New Jersey are advised to exit at Interchange 14 and use I-78 west into Pennsylvania.

Bridge Analysis To Take Several Weeks

Crack in Delaware River Bridge

The Culprit: This fracture, discovered by a painting crew Friday, January 20, forced the closure of the Delaware River Bridge. Officials said an analysis of the bridge’s structure will take several weeks. Until that is completed, at the very least, the bridge will remain closed. Photo: PA Turnpike Commission.

Engineers and construction crews worked through the weekend to stabilize the bridge at the site of the fracture; however, officials announced Saturday that a structural analysis of the bridge would take several weeks. “A comprehensive bridge analysis will be performed to better understand the global impact the fracture has had on the entire bridge,” authorities announced in a news release. “Information gathered is critical to determine the scope of and strategy for a permanent repair and reopening the bridge to traffic.”

“Unfortunately, at a minimum, the bridge will remain closed for several weeks,” said New Jersey Turnpike Authority Executive Director Joseph W. Mrozek in a written statement. “We will not be able to reopen it until we are absolutely certain it is safe. All of the agencies and contractors involved will be working urgently to make that happen as quickly as possible.”

The bridge has been undergoing a $61-million rehabilitation since 2012, according to officials, with in-depth inspections of the structure every two years. The $400-thousand cost is shared between the PTC and the NJTA, although the New Jersey Turnpike Authority manages the contract.

Sean Logan, chairman of the PA Turnpike Commission, said the most likely cause of the crack was rapidly-changing weather conditions, but that a complete analysis was prudent and necessary, aside simply assessing the fracture’s impact on the bridge.

“We are stabilizing the bridge now to prevent further movement,” Logan wrote. “However, out of an abundance of caution and to protect traveler safety, the bridge must remain closed until a full-scale analysis and repair plan have been completed.”

The four-lane bridge opened in 1956 and carries about 42,000 vehicles per day across the Delaware River.

 

Delaware River Bridge Closed Due To Structural Crack

Pennsylvania Turnpike Traffic Rerouted at East Terminus

Drivers On New Jersey Turnpike’s Pearl Harbor Memorial Extension Also Impacted

Crack in Delaware River BridgeThe Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and New Jersey Turnpike Authority have announced the Delaware River Bridge between Pennsylvania and New Jersey will remain closed for as long as two weeks, and perhaps longer, while a structural assessment is performed on the span, the commission announced late Saturday.  Both agencies, which jointly own and maintain the span, decided to close the bridge Friday after a crack was discovered in one of the bridge trusses. New Jersey Turnpike officials closed the westbound lanes of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Extension, as well, which connects the mainline of the NJ Turnpike to the DRB.

Stabilization work continues to enhance the structure of the bridge; however, authorities announced Saturday, in a written news release, a full assessment must be completed to determine how the truss defect has impacted the remainder of the bridge structure. “Due to the significant fracture, stresses have been redistributed to other parts of the bridge,” said PA Turnpike Chief Engineer Brad Heigel. “We regret the inconvenience of closing the bridge, however, it is necessary to properly evaluate the bridge’s current condition and determine next steps to ensure the safety to our customers.”

Site of crack on Delaware River Bridge

Location of the crack on The Delaware River Bridge, which connects the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Extension of the New Jersey Turnpike. Officials closed the bridge Friday, January 20, after a crack was discovered in the span. It will remain closed at least two weeks, officials announced Saturday. Photo: PA Turnpike Commission.

Authorities said the two-week assessment may take longer, depending on what authorities are able to learn. “Until more is understood about the damage, it is not possible to estimate how many days or weeks the bridge will need to be closed while the permanent fix is made,” officials wrote.

Officials with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority released an advisory that notified media and the public the repair of the structure will involve the construction of eight towers to help temporarily support the weight of the bridge. “Jacks will be used to attempt to lift the structure back into its original position,” the NJ Turnpike Authority announced in its advisory. “Sensors will be installed to enable engineers to monitor the load at key points on the structure.”

The fracture was discovered on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River Bridge during a routine check of the span by a painting crew on Friday.

The 1.2-mile span opened in 1956. About 42-thousand vehicles cross the span each day, according to officials with the agencies.

Eastbound Detour (Pennsylvania to New Jersey)

PA Turnpike motorists heading east into New Jersey should use this revised alternate route: Exit at the Bensalem Interchange, #351 in Bucks County. Follow U.S. Route 1 north, to I-95 north, to I-295, south, to I-195 east. Take Exit 6 on I-195, and reenter the NJ Turnpike. Source: PA Turnpike Commission.

Westbound Detour (New Jersey to Pennsylvania)

NJTP drivers heading west into Pennsylvania will need to use either Interstate 78, Interstate 295, or the Burlington-Bristol Bridge. Source: New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

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.