DENVER (CBS4) – If you’re hitting the road this Thanksgiving, you’re in good company. AAA Colorado estimates about 840,000 Coloradoans are on the road for the holiday.
“Thanksgiving has always been a road trip for Coloradoans,” said Skyler McKinley, regional director of public affairs for AAA Colorado.
And that, of course, means more traffic.
That’s good news and bad news, McKinley said. “The bad news is that traffic is back up, but the good news is the traffic is back as we can spend time with our loved ones again, this is the first time in a few days. year for many people.”
That was true for Christina, who filled up with gas Wednesday morning to drive to Kansas City to visit family. She was looking forward to the trip, but it didn’t cost too much to get there.
“It was definitely a dig into my wallet to fill it up,” she told CBS4.
In fact, the people of Colorado are paying more to fill. According to AAA, the national average price at the pump is $3.39 — the cost of Colorado is about 10 cents higher.
“The average price of gas in Colorado is $3.50 per gallon,” explains McKinley. “That’s the highest level since Thanksgiving in 2011.”
CBS4 checks prices around the state and as of the day before Thanksgiving according to GasBuddy.com, the cheapest gasoline in Fort Morgan at $2.65 per gallon of regular unleaded fuel. Along the I-25 corridor, prices are at or just above $3/gallon and climb to $4/gallon in high country. Some of the most expensive CBS4 pumps found were in Silverthorne at $4.29 per gallon.
“Gasoline prices are up, which is disappointing, but (high) gas prices are almost always a sign of a recovering economy,” McKinley said.
AAA Colorado expects gas prices to drop after the Thanksgiving holiday before rising again around Christmas. McKinley also said prices in the state are likely to remain above the national average for better in 2022.
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