R.I. gas prices continue to climb, as Mass. average drops
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GAS PRICES rose 3 cents this week in Rhode Island and fell a penny in Massachusetts, bringing the states' respective averages to $3.61 and $3.52 for a gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular. The national average rose 3 cents to match the average price in Massachusetts.
PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices climbed 3 cents in Rhode Island this week, while prices dropped a penny in Massachusetts, ending five consecutive weeks of rising prices there, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.
A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.61 in Rhode Island in the March 17 survey, 3 cents more than the price a week ago. In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular this week was $3.52 per gallon, 1 cent lower than last week and matching the national average.
Rhode Island’s average price comes in 12 cents higher than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, local gas prices are 7 cents higher than last month. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.75 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.65 per gallon in Massachusetts.
Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.51 to $3.71 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.81 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.90 for premium unleaded to $4.21 for diesel.
Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.36 to $3.70 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.71 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.84 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $4.26 per gallon.
This week’s national average of $3.52 for a gallon of unleaded regular rose 3 cents compared with last week to match the Massachusetts average. Rhode Island’s average of $3.61 per gallon, however, remained 9 cents higher than national gas prices.
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