Gas prices, which have taken a dive in recent weeks, continued their decline over the weekend in the South Sound.
According to The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder, the average price of a gallon of unleaded in the Tacoma area Monday afternoon had fallen to $3.513, less than two cents over the national average. Washington prices typically are significantly over the national average because of higher taxes and a constrained supply.
The average price Monday was 13.5 cents down from a week earlier and nearly 57 cents less than on Oct. 5.
Low price leaders, caught up in a price war, lowered their prices more in the last several days. On Thursday, for instance, the lowest prices in Pierce County were in Bonney Lake where gas was selling for $3.27 a gallon. In that same area and in Lakewood Monday afternoon, eight stations were selling unleaded regular for $3.23 a gallon.
In Olympia, the lowest price was at an APP station on Fones Road where gas was $3.29 a gallon.
In Pierce County, 15 stations were reportedly selling gas for less than $3.30 a gallon Monday afternoon.
The price decline mirrors a national trend that sees prices falling as fall driving declines.