SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Gas prices in Massachusetts are 62.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago averaging $4.53 per gallon in Springfield on Monday.

According to GasBuddy, the lowest price for a gallon of gas in western Massachusetts is $4.24 per gallon, while the most expensive is $4.999. Compared to nearby areas, Connecticut is $4.51 a gallon and Worcester is $4.56 a gallon.

The national average price of gasoline did not change in the last week, averaging $4.46 per gallon. The national average is up 39.1 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands at $1.43 per gallon higher than a year ago.

Those fuel prices can be especially difficult for companies on the go, like G&H Landscaping. “Our mowing division is all gas, all fuel,” said Gary Courchesne, the owner. “So it’s escalated our overhead our costs of doing business.”

Gas prices are not the only problem that Gary is dealing with, there are other products that are going up in price.

“Mulch, sod, and hardscape products especially and in addition to the price escalation, it’s the availability,” he said.

Trucking demands, shortages, and freight surcharges have made products harder to come by and all these costs, have also had to lead to cutbacks. Before, G&H had more cars out with smaller crews as a COVID precaution, but now they’re having employees share vehicles and mask up.

“The fuel is dictating us to do that,” Gary told 22News. “It’s saying here’s what you have to do. So again, we’re using GPS’s, shortest distances, most economical routes, things like that, but that alone is not enough.”

Gary hope these gas prices go down soon, when the Memorial Day Weekend traffic wraps up.

Diesel has also risen 3.0 cents in the past week and stands at $5.55 per gallon.

“Those filling their tanks last week saw another jolt at the pump, as both gasoline and diesel prices continued their multi-week rally,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “New records continued to be set on a near daily basis as the national average edges even closer to $4.50 per gallon. Prices later this week could be closer to $5 per gallon than $4, as demand continues to edge higher and inventories of both gasoline and diesel continue to decline, temperatures warm and motorists get back outside and we near the Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer driving season. While the increases may start to slow in the days ahead as pump prices catch up to oil, there isn’t much reason to be optimistic that we’ll see a plunge any time soon.”

Historical gasoline prices in Massachusetts and the national average going back ten years:

  • May 16, 2021: $2.84/g (U.S. Average: $3.03/g)
  • May 16, 2020: $1.83/g (U.S. Average: $1.87/g)
  • May 16, 2019: $2.77/g (U.S. Average: $2.86/g)
  • May 16, 2018: $2.86/g (U.S. Average: $2.90/g)
  • May 16, 2017: $2.31/g (U.S. Average: $2.33/g)
  • May 16, 2016: $2.19/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g)
  • May 16, 2015: $2.63/g (U.S. Average: $2.70/g)
  • May 16, 2014: $3.66/g (U.S. Average: $3.65/g)
  • May 16, 2013: $3.48/g (U.S. Average: $3.60/g)
  • May 16, 2012: $3.77/g (U.S. Average: $3.73/g)

Local pump prices for your area available from GasBuddy are displayed below. As of Monday morning, the top five lowest prices are the following:

  • $4.29 – BJ’s in Chicopee
  • $4.29 – FL Roberts on Memorial Ave in West Springfield
  • $4.29 – 7-Eleven on Cooley Street in Springfield
  • $4.29 – Sparky’s on Boston Road in Springfield
  • $4.29 – Kwik Pik on Boston Road in Springfield

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Lowest Gas Prices in Springfield area