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NEWS YOU CAN USE: New York gas prices approach record high

NEWS YOU CAN USE

New York gas prices approach record high

As the temperature is rising, so are the gas prices.

The average gas price in New York is $4.284, according to AAA’s fuel gauge report.

This is two cents higher than last week and over 30 cents higher than one month ago. Gas prices were at $3.143 one year ago.

The highest recorded gas prices in the city were recorded on July 16, 2008 when the price hit $4.411. The average gas price nationally is $3.96, just 15 cents short of the record high.

New traffic pattern on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge

A new traffic pattern began Saturday, May 7, on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge as work is being done to replace the three southbound lanes.

One southbound lane has already been completed. The three northbound lanes were replaced in 2010.

The work will require one lane to be closed around-the-clock. Despite the lane closure, there will still be three lanes during peak rush hours. From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. there will be three lanes open to the Bronx and two to Queens. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. three lanes will be open to Queens and two to the Bronx.

This pattern should remain in effect through mid-summer.

The work is part of a four-year, nearly $200 million project to replace all 1,785 feet of original roadway on the bridge’s Bronx approach.

244,000 jobs added in April

The U.S. economy added 244,000 jobs in April, the Department of Labor reported.

Though more jobs were added, unemployment rose from 8.8 percent in March to 9 percent in April.

The number of jobs added exceeded expectations by 60,000. Most of the new jobs came from the private sector which added 268,000 jobs.

March had previously also gained over 200,000 jobs.

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