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Boise gas prices top $4 mark, Pocatello and state average not far behind


BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – Drivers in the Treasure Valley are noticing an unpleasant change at the pump Wednesday morning. For the first time this year, average gas prices in the area are starting with a four.

On Wednesday, Boise’s average price for regular is $4.01 per gallon, joining Franklin ($4.11) and other rural parts of the state above the $4 mark. Pocatello is currently averaging $3.97 per gallon, and the state average sits at $3.94. Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston are at $3.92 and $3.93, respectively.

“As travel ramps up throughout the spring and summer, higher gas prices are unfortunate, but not unexpected,” AAA Idaho public affairs director Matthew Conde said. “Boise, and the Treasure Valley in general, is a hotspot based on population density, Pocatello is seeing surging demand from I-84 and I-15 traffic flows, and the Panhandle is a very attractive tourist spot this time of year. But prices in the state are, on average, $1 per gallon cheaper than a year ago, and won’t deter most travelers from taking part in the Great American road trip this summer.”

AAA says the state average could top the $4 mark later this week. Drivers should remove anything heavy they don’t need from their trunk and roof rack to improve their fuel economy and make sure that tires are properly inflated. 

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