Gas prices tick up as July 4th holiday travel approaches

June 28, 2019 - 7:59 am

AUSTIN ( -- Gas prices inched up slightly this week as the July 4th holiday approaches, according to the latest numbers from AAA Texas.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel across the Austin-San Marcos metro area is $2.36 this week, up one cent from last week. That average is still 27 cents cheaper than this time a year ago.

Statewide, the average ticked up two cents to $2.39 a gallon; it's the first increase in the statewide average since the middle of April. Nationwide, drivers are paying an average of $2.69 a gallon, also up two cents this week.

Drivers in Midland continue to see some of the state's highest gas prices on average, at $2.57; drivers in Brownsville and Harlingen are paying the least at $2.25 per gallon.

"Gas prices began increasing just as a record-breaking 3 million Texans are planning to hit the road for Independence Day next week, the most ever since AAA began forecasting July 4th holiday travel in 2000,” said Daniel Armbruster with AAA Texas. "Increasing oil prices and record demand for retail gasoline are contributing to the slight increase."

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