Columbus-area gas prices retreating from record highs

After surging to a record high of $4.21 per gallon nearly a month ago, gas prices have been steadily retreating in Columbus.

The local price of regular unleaded averaged $3.23 per gallon today, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report and the Oil Price Information Service.

That's 98 cents cheaper than the record level local motorists were seeing Sept. 18. But it's still 54 cents more than they were paying a year ago.

The cost of gas is even lower than that, however, with a Citgo at the corner of Fifth Street and Veterans Parkway selling for $3.01 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy.com listings on the Web site, www.ledger-enquirer.com.

Several other stations in the city — Chevron, Circle K, Shell, Marathon and Murphy USA — were peddling fuel as low as $3.05 per gallon today, according to the listings.

Phenix City stations were beating them all, however, with two stations on Crawford Road dropping below $3 per gallon. A BP was hawking regular unleaded for $2.99 per gallon while a Crown was two cents cheaper.

The highest average price per gallon today in Georgia is $3.39 in Athens, while the lowest is $3.11 in Augusta.

Georgia as a whole is averaging $3.24 per gallon, while drivers in Alabama are paying an average of $3.21 per gallon.

Nationally, regular unleadedtoday is at $3.16 per gallon.