Gas prices on upswing for Labor Day

September 2, 2016

?Gas prices are expected to be on the rise as usual for Labor Day weekend, but nevertheless drivers nationwide are paying 27 cents less than they did at this same time last year.

They’re also on track to pay the lowest prices for the holiday weekend since 2004, according to the American Automobile Association.

In Illinois, gas prices ticked up slightly over the past month but should come down. As of Thursday, the average price for regular gas statewide was $2.33, about a 17-cent increase from a month ago.

Prices rose in Illinois and the rest of the Great Lakes region because of issues at the largest refinery in the region, the BP facility in Whiting, Indiana, according to AAA. The issues at the refinery have since been resolved, AAA spokeswoman Beth Mosher said.

“We really expect prices to start coming back down,” she said.

Besides gas prices, Illinois Tollway officials said in a news release that emergency roadway services will be available for drivers hitting the road for Labor Day weekend.

The state agency anticipates 7.8 million vehicles to travel on the tollway system during the weekend. The heaviest travel is expected Friday when more than 1.9 million vehicles are projected to be on the Tollway system.

Most temporary maintenance and construction lane closures will be suspended from noon Friday through 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to Illinois Tollway.

Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90), Illinois Route 390 Tollway, Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) will have work zones in place during Labor Day weekend.

For information on construction, roadway incident information and more, the Illinois Tollway officials recommends travelers visit illinoistollway.com, travelmidwest.com and Twitter for real-time incident information on Interstates 90, 88, 355 and 94/294.

Illinois state police will also be out in the tollway system during the weekend to assist drivers, decrease traffic fatalities and enforce traffic laws on distracted drivers, alcohol-related offenses and truck lane restrictions.

“Please remember to buckle up all vehicle occupants, put your phones down while driving and slow down and move over safely when you see an emergency vehicle on the shoulder,” District 15 Commander Robert Meeder stated in a news release.