By Lauren Mickler
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — For a few weeks, gas prices dropped, but there was a dramatic change since last week.
They jumped 19 cents since last Monday, and they’re still climbing.
But Arco is still in better shape than places like the 76 station on West 11th Avenue.On Monday afternoon, the Arco gas station on Gateway Street in Springfield spike eight center per gallon — putting it at 24 cents higher than it was last week.
Regular is $4.29, which has some drivers confused.
“You know, it was a little bit strange because I did pay $3.99 the other day, so I thought it was a little bit odd that you’re paying — what? — $4.29 now,” said Cottage Grove resident Kyle McGowen.
Some drivers chalk it up to the warm weather because people want to go enjoy summer activities like kayaking or going up to the mountains or because of the holidays coming up, like Father’s Day and the Fourth of July.
But Arco owner Casey Wilson says his hikes are a direct reflection of wholesale price increases.
And there’s not much other explanation, but he says he wishes he didn’t have to do it and so do his customers.
So no answer on whether this is just a temporary spike or the start of a trend. But if it continues, other people will take a closer look at how they travel the next few months.