Randy Mahoney of Madison fills his fuel tank at the Kroger fuel station in Carrollton, Ky., on Monday. The average cost for a gallon of gasoline was nearly 50 cents less in Carrollton than it was in Madison. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie)
Randy Mahoney of Madison fills his fuel tank at the Kroger fuel station in Carrollton, Ky., on Monday. The average cost for a gallon of gasoline was nearly 50 cents less in Carrollton than it was in Madison. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie)
Gas prices across the country are headed south - and locally, so are some of the best deals.

Over the weekend, many Americans saw a significant drop in gas prices, in response to declining crude oil prices and the unsteady European economy, experts say. The drop inches the country closer to the near-$3 a gallon prices projected by the end of the summer.

But even with the recent drastic drop in gas prices, local residents are still seeing a big difference between Indiana and Kentucky prices.

On Monday, an AAA gas survey recorded a national average of $3.41 per gallon for regular gas. Indiana held an average of $3.42 per gallon, while Kentucky had an average of $3.28 per gallon. Southern states South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama, respectively, recorded the least expensive gas prices in the entire country.

In Madison and Hanover on Monday afternoon, prices hovered between $3.47 and $3.48, compared with the $2.99 to $3.06 prices found in Carroll County.

The nearly 50-cent per gallon price difference has been enough to convince some Indiana residents to cross the Ohio River to fill up their tanks.

Randy Mahoney, a Madison resident who works at North American Stainless in Carrollton, said he rarely ever fills up in Madison because of the cost difference. And on Monday, his method paid off well as he filled up his tank outside the Carrollton Kroger grocery store for $2.99 per gallon.

He got an additional saving after his store card discount was applied.

"Heck yeah," he said. "For a fifty-cent savings, it's worth it."

Mahoney drives a Dodge truck that holds 27 gallons. On an empty tank, he would have seen roughly $13 in savings by filling up in Carrollton instead of Madison.

The difference in Kentucky and Indiana prices is no secret.

Carrollton Swifty Gas station manager Allen Chadwell said it is common for Indiana motorist to fill up in Carrollton.

But recently, he said 50 percent or more of his business has come from Indiana drivers.

While some patrons do work in the area, he said others tell him they make the trip across the bridge entirely for the less expensive prices.

"They complain about it all the time," he said. "I just keep telling them to come back."