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Substantial Labor DayTraffic Expected Throughout Oregon, West Coast

David Prasad

The Labor Day weekend travel holiday will see 35 million motorists taking to the highways…5 million of those hitting the West Coast.

AAA spokesman Matthew Conde says Oregon destinations that’ll see lots of traffic include Bend, Crater Lake, Ashland, and the coast.

And while the average cost of gas is higher in Oregon than many other states – $3.24 a gallon versus the national average of $2.84  –  Conde says local prices for Eugene and neighboring areas are among the cheapest.

“The greater Eugene area, in Lane, Linn, and Benton County, we’re seeing about $3.16 a gallon, and we would anticipate that it’ll probably stay fairly close to that number. It may track a couple cents higher.” 

Conde says people can track gas prices online at their website, AAA.com.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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