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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 12:00 pm

BEAUFORT — One of the town’s only two gas stations will close Thursday, leaving a single location for motorists to fill up their tanks.   

The BP/Kangaroo Express at the intersection of Live Oak Street and Highway 101 is closing because it is in the right-of-way for a planned roundabout at that intersection. The building will be torn down to make room for the roadwork, a project which has drawn criticism from some residents who oppose roundabouts.

Employees at the gas station said they will keep their jobs and be transferred to another BP location in Morehead City.  

The closure means there is only one remaining gas station in Beaufort, a town of about 4,000 residents. That is the Speedway gas station and convenience store at 1800 Live Oak St.

The remaining gas station is not near the downtown business and residential district or near the residential areas down Highway 101.

As for gas prices, auto club AAA reports they are at their lowest point in about a year. The average price for a gallon of gas in Carteret County is $2.18, right around the state average of $2.17 per gallon and 10 cents cheaper than the average national gas price.

Because of increasing oil reserves and lower demand in winter months compared to the summer, AAA expects the downward trend to continue through at least the beginning of the year.

Contact Elise Clouser at elise@thenewstimes.com; by phone at 252-726-7081 ext. 229; or follow on Twitter @eliseccnt.

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  • Vintage Chief posted at 11:59 am on Thu, Jan 10, 2019.

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    Good bye to a complete garbage location - I hope they tear-down the defunct, blight located behind the gas station, as well. That decrepit worn-out car wash has been sitting in a state of non-use disrepair for nearly 20 years and poses a hazard to the entire area - an example of code violations the Town Of Beaufort fails to enforce. The Town Of Beaufort is a dead beaten-up old town with no functioning Administrative process - simply a beaten-down good old boy network of "has-beens".


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