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Cost of gas passes $4 a gallon on Bainbridge
The price of regular unleaded gasoline passed the $4-per-gallon mark on Bainbridge Island Friday.
The cost may not shock many Bainbridge drivers, as the price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has hovered at $3.99 on the island for the past month.
On June 20, however, the price increased to $4.03 per gallon, an overnight increase of 4 cents, at both Chevron stations on High School Road.
According to the AAA, the cost of gasoline nationwide is inching upward as turmoil in Iraq has grown.
The national average for regular unleaded gasoline is currently $3.67 per gallon, up 8 cents from last year at this time.
The cost of gasoline in Washington state has historically been higher than the national average.
In Washington, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is now $3.96, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Thats up 4 cents from a week ago, and 15 cents from a year ago.
In Washington state metro areas, the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $4.01 in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett market, according to the AAA. The current average price is $4.08 in Bellingham; $3.99 in Bremerton; $3.98 in Olympia; $3.89 in the Tri-Cities; $3.74 in Spokane; $3.97 in Tacoma; and $3.97 in Vancouver.
Bainbridge hasn't seen $4-a-gallon gas in nearly two years.
The cost of regular unleaded gasoline on Bainbridge Island last passed the $4-a-gallon mark in August 2012.
Other drivers in other parts of the country are now also paying more than $4 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.
Drivers in Hawaii ($4.34), California ($4.09) and Alaska ($4.11) continue to pay more than $4 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline — a trend that has lasted for more than three weeks.
Drivers in South Carolina currently have the lowest average gas prices, with the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline currently at $3.40.