Gas prices in the state have increased be a dollar since last year at this time and by one cent from last week, according to AAA. The state average price for a gallon of gas is now $2.92, which is three cents higher than this time last month.
The national average is slightly lower, at $2.89, which is $1.12 higher than this time last year.
The average price in the Hartford region was up to cents from a week ago, to $2.89.
“Local drivers saw more increases at the gas pump this week,” said Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “With the CDC’s recent announcement that fully-vaccinated people can travel across the country with minimal risk and rumors that Europe could reopen this summer, demand is going to build, potentially pushing prices higher.”
According to the website Gas Buddy, the greater New Britain and Bristol area had even lower prices than the region average.
In Bristol, 10 gas stations are selling for under $2.80 a gallon, with the lowest being the Valero on West Street at $2.69 and the Valero on Pine Street at $2.71.
In New Britain, there are six selling for under $2.80, including Costco at $2.65 and both City Gas on South Main Street and Atlantis Fresh Market on Arch Street at $2.73.
In Southington, there are five under $2.80, with the lowest being BJ’s at $2.69 and Cumberland Farms on West Street at $2.77.
In Plainville, there are three reported to be under $2.80, including the lowest being the Gulf on New Britain Avenue at $2.75.
In Berlin, there are four stations under $2.80, including two under $2.70. The Citgo and Gulf, both on the Berlin Turnpike, are selling a gallon of gas for $2.69.
In Newington, there are six gas stations selling for under $2.80, including four under $2.70. Sam’s Club is at $2.63 and the Sunoco on the Berlin Turnpike at $2.69.
In Terryville, there are two gas stations selling for under $2.80 with the lowest being the Gulf on Main Street at $2.69.