R.I., Mass. gas prices drop in lead-up to Thanksgiving

THE AVERAGE PRICE of regular gas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts declined this week to $2.68 per gallon and $2.71 per gallon, respectively. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
THE AVERAGE PRICE of regular gas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts declined this week to $2.68 per gallon and $2.71 per gallon, respectively. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island declined 4 cents this week to $2.68 per gallon, 6 cents above the national average of $2.62 per gallon and 8 cents higher than this time last year, according to AAA Northeast Monday.

AAA also noted regular gas prices have dropped 14 cents over the past four weeks.

“The 48.5 million Americans taking to the nation’s roads this Thanksgiving will be thankful for the lower prices at the pumps,” said Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast senior vice president of public and government affairs, in a statement. “When it comes time to fill up during the trip, motorists should keep in mind that prices along heavily-traveled routes might be more expensive than in-town.”

Prices for regular gas in Rhode Island ranged 40 cents this week, from a low of $2.49 to a high of $2.89 per gallon.

  • Midgrade gas averaged $2.90 this week, ranging from $2.69 to $3.09 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3.15 this week, ranging from $2.89 to $3.39 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.18 this week, ranging from $2.89 to $3.70 per gallon
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In Massachusetts this week, prices of regular gas declined 3 cents to average $2.71 per gallon, 9 cents above the national average and 18 cents higher than prices this time last year.

Prices in the Bay State ranged 50 cents from a low of $2.45 to a high of $2.95 per gallon.

  • Midgrade gas averaged $3.01 this week, ranging from $2.77 to $3.29 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3.15 this week, ranging from $2.91 to $3.49 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.21 this week, ranging from $2.99 to $3.39 per gallon