July 24, 2016

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Gas prices in Ohio ramp up to record levels again

COLUMBUS — Ohio motorists are being stung by gas prices now back at record levels, largely from surging oil prices.

Today’s daily survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express put the statewide average price for regular-grade gasoline at $4.05 a gallon, matching the state’s all-time high set on July 3, 2008.

In the city of Medina, the most reasonable price for a gallon of regular-unleaded fuel was listed at $3.96 this morning at a Clark station, 427 N. Court St., according to OhioGasPrices.com. In Seville, gas was priced this morning at $3.94 at the Pilot station, which is located at 8924 Lake Road.

The website lists a Swifty station in Milford as having the cheapest gas statewide at $3.74 per gallon, while the most expensive is $4.25 at a Clark station in North Olmsted.

AAA Ohio Auto Club spokeswoman Kimberly Schwind said fuel prices keep climbing because of unrest in the Middle East and northern Africa, which has raised concerns about oil supplies. The price of crude has risen 33 percent in two months.

Schwind says Ohio gas prices tend to reach their yearly peak in mid-May, on the brink of the summer driving season. But she said the market has been more unpredictable than usual this year.