Gas prices on the rise in Texarkana


TEXARKANA — Gas prices are getting a little more expensive in the Texarkana area.

According to AAA Texas, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $1.91, up one cent from a week ago. The prices represent the fifth-highest in the state of Texas. Only Odessa ($2.09), Abilene ($2.03), El Paso ($1.99), and Midland ($1.98) have higher gas prices than Texarkana. The Twin Cities’ prices are also six cents higher than the statewide average.

The cheapest prices in Texas can be found in the Sherman-Denison area at $1.74, a full 42 cents lower than the national average at the gas pump.

“The statewide average increased from last week even as demand fell across the country,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “Even as prices at the pump jumped week-to-week, Texans are still paying far less than this time last year.”

Texans were able to fill up on the cheapest gas on Thanksgiving Day in the past 12 years. However, prices are on the rise. Crude oil prices are up on positive news related to the progress of the COVID-19 vaccines globally. The rising prices could be a contributor to the modest increase in retail prices at the gas pump. AAA Texas nonetheless believes the U.S. demand for gas has sunk to its lowest level since mid-June and regionally supplies increased.

Texas has the third-cheapest prices in the country at $1.85. Arkansas and Oklahoma are tied for fourth place at $1.86. Louisiana is sixth at $1.88. Leading the way for cheapest prices in the nation are Missouri ($1.81) and Mississippi ($1.83).