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Labor Day Gas Price Drop

Cheaper fuel could make the long Labor Day weekend easier for travelers in North Carolina.

AAA says gas is 11-cents per gallon less than it was last Labor Day, giving drivers a reason to grin as they hit the pumps in Asheville Thursday.

The average price per gallon statewide is $3.34, and gas prices have been falling since Independence Day.

But, interstate drivers say, this all depends on where you travel.

Kenny Cooper, while on his way to Claremont, Indiana, stopped at a station in Asheville during his trip.

"It’s interesting, because you can go to one town to another, and there may be ten or twenty cents difference," Cooper said. "Why? I don’t know, but it happens to be that way.”

Drivers may find fewer backups and bottlenecks around construction sites on the state’s highways. Work is suspended on all but a handful of sites this holiday weekend, like the median improvement job in Haywood County near Canton.

Workers will take a break on the nighttime work on I-40 between Biltmore and Swannanoa, but I-26 Eastbound travelers will still have to cope with a sharp bend in the road that’s slowing down traffic and creating some big back-ups, near the 26-40 intersection in Buncombe County.

The construction shutdown begins at 4 p.m. Friday, and ends 9 a.m. on Sept. 2.


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