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Kimberly A. Smith, safety press officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, agreed with Jenkins and said, "Just like any holiday weekend, we expect to see more traffic on the roadways".

While Hurricane Harvey-induced refinery and pipeline shutdowns have pumped up the price of gasoline locally and across most of the country, industry analysts say prices are likely to level off in a week or two.

Utah, UT, August 27- Average retail gasoline prices in Utah have risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.61/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,171 gas outlets in Utah.

The numbers are soaring toward a three-year high, but travel experts say drivers are willing to pay the price this Labor Day weekend.

A sampling of prices for Paducah on Friday ranged from $2.39 to $2.59 a gallon.

Gas prices rose at least 15 cents in 24 hours in several metropolitan areas, including Dallas and El Paso; Athens, Ga., and Dayton, Ohio, AAA reported Friday.

"It went up a little bit, but not as insane as it was a couple years ago when it went above $3 a gallon", Donelson said as she pumped gas at the Sunoco.

The lowest Florida prices are in Tampa, with an average gallon of $2.46.

Minnesota's typical price at the pump is about a dime less than the national average, reflecting the higher taxes that many states put on gas.

"Summer is behind us, we're heading into the winter months. and we tend to see prices go down during this time", she said. "It might have a small disruption but I think people are still going to be hitting the road", said Dehaan. "At the gas price level, we're seeing prices go up, because the supply is being shipped down".

"Increases should start to slow next week sometime, maybe midweek", he said.

"Summer is behind us and the demand has dropped, and since Labor Day is the last long weekend of the summer, many people tend to make their trips earlier in the summer", she said.

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