Gas Prices Begin To Climb As Labor Day Nears

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gasoline prices spiked before Memorial Day, and experts say they're going up again now as Labor Day approaches.

Triple A says just since the start of this week, the statewide average cost of a gallon of regular has gone up by about a dime, to $2.86.

In the Dayton suburb of Centerville, founder Brad Proctor says if it weren't for Labor Day, prices would probably be coming down. He says the industry is gearing up for the expected surge in demand from holiday travelers.

Proctor thinks gasoline will settle just shy of the $3.00 per gallon mark. He says we could have expected higher fuel prices if Hurricane Dean had disrupted refining operations on the U.S. Gulf Coast.