Many Wisconsin motorists who use premium and diesel fuels are already paying more than $4 a gallon, and those using regular unleaded may not be far behind.
A website that tracks gas prices in Milwaukee found at least one station charging $3.99 today, although the average for the state’s largest metro area is still around $3.80 a gallon. Experts say the price hikes are not a surprise due to an improved economy, recent price hikes in crude oil, and refinery breakdowns around the country.
Statewide, AAA-Wisconsin reports an average price of $3.74 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel. It’s almost three cents more than Sunday, 13 cents more than a week ago, and 56 cents more than a month ago.
However, AAA says Wisconsin still has a long way to go before it hits the statewide record price of $4.11 for regular unleaded fuel, which was set in May of 2011.