So you made it to work on a quarter tank of gas?
You probably shouldn’t risk it on the drive home.
After gas shortages following an Alabama pipeline leak, you’re sure to pass gas stations in metro Atlanta with plastic bags over pumps or higher than normal prices.
Even with Gov. Nathan Deal’s executive order preventing stations from price gouging, the mere cost of doing business has pushed average Georgia gas prices up more than 26 cents from where they were a week ago, according to AAA.
Wondering where on Earth to get that liquid gold without breaking the bank?
Before panic sets in, breathe. You still have some cheap options, and pipeline repairs are moving along.
WHERE TO TOP OFF
Your nearest Costco or Sam’s Club are often where gas prices will be cheapest.
In northwest Atlanta, regular gas at Costco was $1.99 at 2900 Cumberland Mall.
In College Park, gas was $2.26 at the BP at 5097 West Fayetteville Road.
In Midtown, many gas stations offered the same $2.69 regular gas price. This includes the Shell at 1184 Spring St.
In East Point, gas was $2.19 at BJ’s at 3585 North Commerce Drive and $2.39 at Exxon at 3241 Camp Creek Parkway.
In Alpharetta, gas was $2.39 at the RaceTrac at 1545 Mansell Road and the Kroger at 12460 Crabapple Road. RaceTrac offers a list of Georgia gas stations with fuel.
In Roswell, gas was $2.39 at the RaceTrac at 420 East Crossville Road, the QuikTrip at 20 East Crossville Road and the Chevron at 11000 Crabapple Road.
In Marietta, gas was $1.99 at the Sam’s Club at 150 South Cobb Parkway.
In Lawrenceville, gas was $2.39 at the Kroger at 950 Herrington Road and $2.25 at the QuickTrip at 3747 Lawrenceville Highway.
In Duluth, gas was $2.29 at the Costco at 3980 Venture Drive and $2.35 (cash only) at the Valero at 1932 Pleasant Hill Road.
(The list of GasBuddy gas prices includes only stations where reports were made in the last hour as of 1 p.m. Prices are unofficial.)
HOW PIPELINE REPAIRS ARE COMING
Colonial Pipeline, the company working to repair the leak, said Tuesday it has completed construction of a bypass to the leak in Line 1 and is testing the new segment. If testing is successful, that could lead to the restart of the line by Wednesday.
“When Line 1 restarts, it will take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal,” the company said in a statement. “As such, some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions. Colonial continues to move as much gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.”
HOW TO FIND GAS WITHOUT DRIVING AROUND
All three apps are available for download in the Apple app store and on Google Play.
If those don’t work, try the old fashioned way: calling nearby gas stations directly.
— Staff writer J. Scott Trubey contributed to this report.