MIAMI VALLEY — Drivers hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend will be buying gas for the last holiday before Ohio implements the new gas tax in July.
In April, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill to raise the gas tax 10.5 cents to help pay for road construction projects, which will begin July 1.
The increased holiday traffic will come even as gas prices are expected to rise just before the weekend starts.
Average gas prices in southwest Ohio are expected to increase by about 10 to 20 cents in the next few days, meaning prices will typically be somewhere between $2.78 and $2.88 per gallon, said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for the website GasBuddy, which tracks the price of gasoline both locally and nationally.