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Gasoline nears $1.60 a gallon in parts of the Valley

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The cost of filling up your car or truck in the Valley is dropping closer to $1.60 a gallon in more and more communities.

The city of Salem is a driver's dream with regular selling for $1.62, but prices below $1.70 a gallon can be found in Boardman, Warren, Howland, Niles and Columbiana.

Triple A's Daily Fuel Gauge says the average price of gas in the Youngstown Warren Area is $1.73.

One year ago at this time, drivers here were paying $2.67 per gallon. 

Triple A says that the highest average gas price for this area was set in May 2011, when regular was selling for just over $4 a gallon.

According to Triple A,  the national average is less than a penny higher than the 2015 low recorded on January 26, and should soon fall below the $2 per gallon mark for the first time since 2009. 

The auto club says pump prices have fallen for 29 of the past 31 days.

During the winter months demand for gasoline typically declines, and pump prices tend to move lower as a result, according to Triple A.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is reporting that refinery production is outpacing both 2014 and current demand. 

Triple A says that a combination of ample production and increasing gasoline inventories are likely to keep gas prices relatively low, and barring any unforeseen shifts in market fundamentals, averages are likely to continue to decline leading into 2016.

Gas prices in Mercer County have dropped only marginally in the past few weeks.  Drivers there are paying prices ranging from $2.07 to $2.29.

Here are some prices found around Valley from gasbuddy.com as of 1 p.m. Tuesday:

  • Warren – Elm Rd. $1.66
  • Howland – Niles Cortland Rd. $1.67
  • Cortland – Mecca St. $1.77
  • Niles – Vienna Rd. - $1.69
  • Newton Falls – S. Milton Blvd. $1.73
  • Youngstown – Belmont Ave. $1.72
  • Austintown – N. Canfield Niles Rd. $1.73
  • Boardman – Boardman Canfield Niles Rd. $1.67
  • Canfield – Main St. $1.75
  • Hubbard – N. Main St. $1.73
  • Liberty – Belmont. Ave. $1.75
  • Salem – State Street $1.62
  • Columbiana – N. Main St. $1.69
  • Lisbon – N. Market St. $1.77
  • East Liverpool – St. Clair Ave. $1.87
  • Calcutta - State Route 170 $1.70
  • Sharon – N Water Ave. $2.07
  • Hermitage – S. Hermitage Road. $2.09
  • Mercer – N. Erie St. $2.29
  • Greenville – W. Main St. $2.24
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