Connecticut drivers are paying more on average when filling up at the gas station due to increased demand rather than because of last week’s shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, which caused prices in southeast states to spike, according to AAA Monday.
In Connecticut, the average price for a gallon of gas is $3.06, which is up five cents from last week, 18 cents since last month and $1.14 more than one year ago. In the Hartford region, the average price is $3.04, up six cents since last week.
The national average of $3.04 is the highest in six years. That price is eight cents higher than one week ago, 17 cents higher than last month at this time and $1.17 more than a year ago.
Still, AAA doesn’t see the rise in price as a deterrent to summer travel.
“AAA does not expect the rising gas prices to deter travelers from hitting the road this summer,” said Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA Greater Hartford. “Americans will still take their road trips but may not travel as far as originally planned or spend a little less when they get there.”
Many gas stations in the area are selling for under the region and state price, according to the website GasBuddy.
In Bristol, there are six gas stations priced $2.95 or under, with the lowest being the Valero on Pine Street at $2.84 and the Valero on Farmington Avenue at $2.88.
In New Britain, there are seven stations selling for $2.95 or less. Costco ($2.75), Central Gas on Stanley Street ($2.83) and Noble on Farmington Avenue ($2.88) are the lowest in the city.
In Plainville, the Gulf on New Britain Avenue is priced at $2.89 a gallon.
In Berlin, the Gulf and Citgo on the Berlin Turnpike are both priced at $2.95.
In Newington, there are three stations priced at $2.95 or under, including Sam’s Club ($2.75) and Xpress Fuel on the Berlin Turnpike ($2.93).
In Southington, there are two gas stations under $2.90 for a gallon, the TA Travel Center on the Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike at $2.84 and the Sunoco on Main Street at $2.89.
In Terryville, the Gulf on Main Street is priced at $2.83 a gallon.