Climbing Gas Prices

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

April 24, 2006

Just when you thought they couldn't get any higher, some gas stations are seeing prices as high as $4.00.

As of Friday the price of gas in Charlottesville was below the State and National average, but still a whopping $2.81, according to AAA. Virginia is usually below the national average, but now it's on par.

If you are traveling to Washington DC, beware because prices up there just topped $3.00--making Virginia's average the lowest in metropolitan area.

DC is getting closer to the most expensive states like Hawaii and New York. California is even seeing some places hit $4.00 a gallon. To drive down prices, some economists suggest temporarily increasing oil production--so supply catches up with demand.

"By June, we'll probably over produce more than we need. In July, we'll start to see prices come down," said economist Charles Cicchetti.

AAA Reports The average price for gas in Virginia is $2.90.

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