Statewide Iowa — Triple-A Iowa predicts a three-and-a-half percent increase in travel volume this Memorial Day weekend, sparked — perhaps — by lower gas prices.

Triple A’s fuel price survey indicates the average price today for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.66 a gallon in Iowa. That’s 20 cents less than it was during the Memorial Day weekend last year. Gas prices in Iowa were about seven cents higher per gallon a month ago.

Here in northwest Iowa, pump prices are a bit lower than the statewide average, with prices within a penny or two a gallon of $2.63, as of Friday afternoon.

Triple-A projects that nearly 40 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles away from home this weekend.

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