The average gas price in Washington has fallen below $4 a gallon, but drivers are still paying more at the pump than in most parts of the country.
Drivers in the Tri-Cities also are seeing a little relief in their wallets, but gas prices haven't dropped as much here as they have across the state.
In the past month, the average price in the Tri-Cities has been 8 to 12 cents lower than the state average. But Monday, a gallon of regular gas in Richland, Kennewick and Pasco matches the state average of $3.98, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.
Prices have dropped 10 cents in the past week, with Tri-City motorists paying $4.08 a gallon a week ago.
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But, statewide, the average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 18 cents in the past week, AAA said.
GasBuddy.com shows the average price of gas in the state is $3.94 a gallon. It also compiles prices submitted by the public, so drivers wanting to find out where the cheapest gas is in the Tri-Cities can just go to washingtongasprices.com and search.
Just before the Memorial Day weekend, the Tri-Cities had the second-lowest average gas price with Spokane being the only area with a lower price.
Now, however, Tri-City drivers are paying more than motorists in Tacoma, Olympia, Bremerton, Vancouver and Spokane, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.
Just two metro areas are recording a higher average gas price: the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area at $4.03 a gallon and Bellingham at $4.10 a gallon.
Not counting Alaska and Hawaii, Washington has the second-highest gas prices with the average in California just one cent more.
Oregon drivers are seeing an average of $3.95 a gallon.
The national average for a gallon of regular gas is at $3.50, down four cents from a week ago.