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Cobb gas prices surge as summer begins

Cobb gas prices surge as summer begins

Consumers on average will pay almost 60 cents a gallon more for fuel this year than they did a year ago, but that doesn't look to slow demand, said Leslie Gamble, spokeswoman for AAA Oklahoma.

Some cities in Texas have already eclipsed $3 per gallon, but the state average price is $2.76.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the Gasbuddy site (www.toledoblade.com/gas) reported a local average price of $2.961 per gallon, up 60 cents per gallon from a year ago and 21 cents higher than a week ago.

Cobb residents and those passing through the county this Memorial Day weekend should expect to pay much more at the pump than they did during the last holiday period.

Those are expected to be the busiest travel times for motorists, when holiday travelers join regular commuters on the roads, according to AAA Texas. Instead, GasBuddy thinks higher gas prices will discourage travel plans and keep people home.

Today and Friday are expected to be the busiest days for travel. Check out WSDOT's Memorial Day weekend traffic graphs here. New York City is higher than the national average at $3.18 a gallon, while one Mobil gas station on 11th Avenue and 51 St in Manhattan has hit $5, according to Fox 5. With a 6.8 percent increase over last year, air travel is the mode of travel that will see the largest growth this year.

Several bus routes will be detoured due to Memorial Day festivities on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Several major USA metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while New Yorkers could see three times the delay.

According to AAA, travelers can expect some relief in their wallets when paying for airfare, auto rentals and most mid-range hotels. And flyers will pay less for airfare and vehicle rentals.

Overall attendance so far this year is up over last year, she said.

As was the case previous year, the biggest construction headache in the area will affect travelers who drive to or through Detroit on I-75 when they want to head back south to Toledo. Clint Mitchell says each trip to the pump costing more.

It was all part of his preparations for his annual Memorial Day trip to Spring Lake, N.J.

Orlando again tops this year's list of the most-visited Memorial Day destinations in the USA, based on AAA advance travel bookings.

For those planning to kick off their summers with an overseas vacation, Europe is a major draw this year.

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