West Michigan gas prices hit new high for 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Drivers, beware: the price at pumps across West Michigan may soon hit a new high for 2016.

Patrick DeHaan with Gasbuddy.com expects prices to jump to $2.45 per gallon of regular gas.  Several gas stations in the Grand Rapids area had already switched to the higher price Tuesday afternoon.

DeHaan blames the spike on crude oil prices, which hit a new high for the year. He says ongoing refinery maintenance and minor refinery issues over the last week also factored into the higher price.

>>MAP: Current gas prices in Grand Rapids and Kent County

Grand Rapids’ gas prices bottomed out on Feb. 11, at an average of $1.41 a gallon. That was the lowest price West Michigan drivers had seen in eight years.

There is a silver lining; DeHaan says West Michigan’s gas prices are still lower than a year ago.

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