Updated March 30 at 12:29am

Pump prices continue to rise in R.I., Mass.


PROVIDENCE – Both Rhode Island and Massachusetts drivers saw gasoline prices rise this week, the second consecutive week of increases after a nine-week decline, AAA Southern New England reported Monday.

The cost of self-serve, unleaded regular averaged $3.58 per gallon in Rhode Island – 2 cents higher than last week and up 5 cents over the course of the month, according to the trade group’s weekly survey of Rhode Island’s pump prices.

Rhode Island’s price is currently 8 cents less than the $3.65 national average for a gallon of self-pump, regular unleaded.

AAA recommended drivers shop around for the best deal, as prices ranged 29 cents from $3.46 to $3.75 for a gallon of unleaded regular in Rhode Island.

This week, pump prices varied from $3.81 per gallon for midgrade to $3.93 for premium unleaded and $3.96 for diesel.

A year ago, gas in the Ocean State cost 24 cents more, at an average $3.82 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

The pump price in Massachusetts rose 1 cent this week to $3.50 per gallon, 16 cents below the national average, according to AAA. Massachusetts’ gas prices are up 5 cents over the past month.

Bay State gas prices ranged from $3.70 per gallon for midgrade unleaded to $3.83 for premium and $3.95 for diesel.

A year ago, the Massachusetts average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.66.

The average nationwide cost for self-serve, regular gasoline rose 7 cents this week to $3.65 a gallon, according to the AAA website. Pump prices reached their highest recorded average price on July 17, 2008, at $4.11 per gallon.


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