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PROVIDENCE — The price of gasoline in Rhode Island is remaining steady, with a gallon of regular averaging $2.49 per gallon for the second consecutive week.

A survey conducted through AAA Northeast Monday found prices had remained the same as they were a week ago. Rhode Island’s price remains at 15 cents below the national average of $2.64 per gallon.

Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of AAA public and government affairs, said the prices could fluctuate in the coming weeks, however.

“Peak refinery maintenance season has caused volatility across some of the country, though less in the northeast,” Albert said. “Motorists may see some fluctuations at the pump through the end of the month due to ongoing maintenance and tighter gasoline supply.”

A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was 33 cents higher at $2.82 per gallon.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 34 cents, from a low of $2.35 to a high of $2.69.

— Jason Vallee

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