PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices rose for a fifth consecutive week in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, mirroring national energy price trends, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.
A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.58 in Rhode Island in the March 10 survey, 2 cents more than the price a week ago. In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular this week was $3.53 per gallon, 4 cents greater than last week.
Rhode Island’s average price comes in 11 cents higher than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, local gas prices are 16 cents higher than last month. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.78 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.69 per gallon in Massachusetts.
Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.48 to $3.72 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.80 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.88 for premium unleaded to $4.25 for diesel.
Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.42 to $3.70 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.72 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.85 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $4.27 per gallon.
Prices in both states remain above this week’s national average of $3.49 for a gallon of unleaded regular – 9 cents lower than Rhode Island and 4 cents lower than Massachusetts – which rose 2 cents compared with last week.