After holding steady for nearly two weeks, Columbus gas prices pushed higher today to yet another record.
The average price of regular gasoline reached $3.921 locally, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report and the Oil Price Information Service.
Several gas stations in the city appear to be flirting with $4 per gallon today, however. The Internet site, www.georgiagasprices.com, showed Chevron, Marathon, Petro and Texaco stations from Macon Road north at $3.999 per gallon, less than a tenth of a penny shy of $4.
Columbus prices are 28 cents per gallon higher than they were a month ago. They are nearly 94 cents per gallon higher than on June 9 a year ago.
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Both Atlanta and Athens surged past the $4 per gallon mark over the weekend, closing in on $4.03 per gallon today, all-time highs for both cities.
The state's lowest average can be found in Augusta at just under $3.89 per gallon.
Diesel fuel prices have been steady in Columbus for more than a week. They were $4.71 per gallon today.
The U.S. average for regular gas was a record $4.02 per gallon today, AAA reported, while diesel is $4.79 per gallon.
Though gasoline prices have been generally calm since the Memorial Day holiday weekend, they now look to move higher as the peak summer traveling season kicks into gear, said Randy Bly, spokesman for AAA Auto Club South.
"While earlier in the week we saw the dollar strengthen, Friday’s crude oil spike trumped everything, and points again to the pressure the weak dollar is putting on our economy," Bly said.
Crude oil prices jumped nearly $11 per barrel on Friday — a record one-day increase — eventually settling in at more than $138 per barrel.