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Gas prices increase ahead of Independence Day holiday

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A record number of motorists are expected to hit the roads this week

AAA reported this morning that gas prices in Michigan had jumped up 16 cents from a week ago.

Michigan drivers are paying an average of $3.67 per gallon for regular unleaded. This price is 6 cents more than this time last month and 11 cents more than this time last year.

Motorists are paying about $55 for a full 15-gallon tank of gasoline.

Roadways are expected to be busy with a record high 2.3 million Michigan residents forecast to hit the roads over the Independence Holiday week. Drivers across the state will be paying more for gasoline than they did last year on the 4th of July, when the state average was $3.52.

Adrienne Woodland, spokesperson, AAA-The Auto Club Group says, quote, "Rising crude oil prices have led to higher gas prices across Michigan ahead of Independence Day," adding, "Pump prices will likely continue to rise this week as a record number of motorists fill up for their holiday road trips." End quote.

The Most expensive gas price averages can be found in: Jackson, Grand Rapids Lansing, while the least expensive prices can be found Marquette, Metro Detroit and Benton Harbor.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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