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Interstate gas stations in Valdosta have had a busy week

Umair Ijaz Umair Ijaz
Gopal Patel Gopal Patel

If you stopped to get gas in Valdosta Friday at any of the stations right off the interstate, you likely noticed a steady stream of cars coming and going.

While Friday may have been the beginning of the holiday weekend though, the holiday rush started back on Monday for most of the interstate gas stations.

"I can't even move from this register here; can't do anything else. I have to call somebody to help me out," said Umair Ijaz, manager of the Citgo station at exit 16.

Travelers WALB spoke to Friday, most of whom were headed for Disney world or the beaches in Florida, said the gas stations they stopped at along the way had all been very busy.

Gopal Patel manages the BP station at exit 18. He said the station got progressively busier throughout the week, with Thursday being the busiest day of the week as of Friday morning.

"[It] was busier since last couple of Thursdays," Patel explained.

But he expected that to change by the time the weekend was out.

"I do expect it getting more busy today and tomorrow and especially on Sunday, too, because people travel back," said Patel.

One interstate gas station manager WALB spoke to off camera said the increased amount of people traveling during the holiday week only created a slight increase in business, but he, too, expected business to pick up more through the weekend.

As far as gas prices were concerned, it was $2.42 for a gallon of unleaded gas at the Citgo gas station at exit 16 Friday evening.

One traveler from the Atlanta area said prices there were over three dollars a gallon and the lower prices in Valdosta made the trip down to the beach a little better.

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