HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Gas Prices along the Lakeshore haven't crossed the four-dollar threshold yet in 2014, but it may just be a matter of time.
Observers who had thought that would happen a week ago were pleasantly surprised that, although it was at for all practical purposes four dollars a gallon to fill up by Saturday, no local station had put up that number four on its marquee. Rates have gradually fallen to a per-gallon average, in this morning's weekly survey of Holland area stations, of $3.78. That's three cents below the mark of last Friday, and 11 cents under the $3.99 mark of last weekend and of a year ago at this time. Triple-A's daily polling had levels of $3.68 nationally and $3.89 statewide, up three cents and a penny, respectively, from a week ago.
All this may just be delaying the inevitable, as the Iraqi conflict that has spiked the costs of world wide crude oil futures, along with the upcoming Independence Day holiday, are expected to put fuel above four dollars a gallon in West Michigan and elsewhere in the Great Lakes State.