Jacksonville gas prices remain constant over the week, with the national average price being the highest since 2014 – WLDS
Jacksonville gas prices remained stable despite a rise in the national average due to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline.
Jacksonville gas prices actually fell a penny over the course of the week and declined a total of two cents in the county after rising last week. The cost of a gallon of gasoline in Jacksonville averages $ 3.11 in the city and $ 3.13 for the county as a whole. There have been some concerns that gasoline supplies in central Illinois may be under strain as several Casey gas stations in the east ran out of gas last week due to a lack of drivers.
On site, the colonial pipeline in the southeast had no impact on gas prices in the region. Scott County prices rose to $ 3.14 a gallon from last week. With Scott’s unexpected spike, Counties Schuyler and Brown remain the only places regionally averaging below $ 3.10 per gallon. Gasoline prices actually get more expensive as you move further south in west central Illinois. Greene, Macoupin, Jersey, and Calhoun all see prices near or above $ 3.20 per gallon.
Nationally, the average is $ 3.04 per gallon, the highest in 6 years. Prices were expected to rise above $ 3 a gallon before the Memorial Day holidays, but the problems with the Colonial Pipeline made this happen sooner rather than later.
AAA predicts 34 million Americans will take a road trip 50 miles or more from home May 27 through May 31 to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Crude oil prices and gasoline demand will be two major factors that determine how expensive gas prices will be by the end of the month.