Gas costs jump 15 cents in two weeks |

Gas costs jump 15 cents in two weeks

Retail gas prices across the country climbed an average of nearly 15 cents in the past two weeks, with the weighted average price for all three grades increasing to $2.52 a gallon by Friday, according to Trilby Lundberg, publisher of the semi-monthly Lundberg Survey of 7,000 stations in the country.

In Nevada County, customers such as Josh Silverman are aware of the increasing gasoline prices and how they vary within short distances.

“The past week, I noticed gas prices around $2.65,” said Silverman, filling gas Monday afternoon at the Chevron station on McKnight Way. “In my opinion, it’s a little high. I try to go to the 76 station in downtown Grass Valley, which is about $2.55. It’s (a difference of) 10 cents and it’s not even a mile. You go down the highway to Auburn and it’s about $2.33 to $2.40.

“It’s amazing how, geographically, between a mile and 10 miles, there is a 10 to 20 cents difference.”

In the Nevada City-Grass Valley area, one of the highest gas prices was at the Chevron station on Sacramento Street, with regular unleaded gas at $2.75 a gallon. One of the lowest prices was at the ARCO gas station at the intersection of Brunswick Road and Nevada City Highway, with the cost of unleaded regular gas at $2.53 a gallon. The Flyers gas station farther down on Nevada City Highway was offering the same price, although the Flyers at the crossing of Brunswick Road and Sutton Way was selling regular unleaded gas at $2.56 a gallon.

Penn Valley resident Patrick Barnes seemed unfazed at the unpredictable gasoline costs while filling his vehicle at the Chevron near the Idaho-Maryland intersection.

“Just rolling with the punches,” he said. “Not a whole lot of options. It’s been hovering at $2.50 to $3.”

Gas prices nationwide are 40 cents higher than they were a year ago, according to the Lundberg Survey. Self-serve regular averaged $2.49 a gallon nationwide in the survey. Mid-grade costed $2.59 a gallon, while the price for premium was $2.69.

Among the stations surveyed, the lowest average price in the country for regular unleaded was in Salt Lake City at $2.25 a gallon. The most costly was in Honolulu, where drivers paid $2.80 a gallon.

Among the California cities surveyed, Sacramento had the best price for regular at $2.52, while the most expensive was $2.70 a gallon in San Diego.

“They are a bit high but in the cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, they are a lot higher,” said Chris Callow, a Nevada City resident, filling up at the Chevron station at Sacramento Street. “It’s been jumping since a year. It keeps going up and up.”

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.


To contact staff writer Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

$2.75 Chevron, Sacramento Street

$2.65 Chevron, McKnight Way

$2.59 Robinson Enterprises Inc., East Main and Richardson streets

$2.56 Flyers, Brunswick Road and Sutton Way

$2.54 76, Brunswick Road and Nevada City Highway

$2.53 ARCO, Brunswick Road and Nevada City Highway

– Soumitro Sen

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