Don't expect any great deals on the price of gasoline if you are in New York State and cross into Pennsylvania to fill your tank next year.

Southern Tier motorists have noticed for some time now that the large savings on the price at the pump they enjoyed by just driving a few miles into the Keystone State have been melting away.

January 1, the third and final phase of Pennsylvania's three-step gas tax increase hits.  The hike will be about eight cents a gallon, bringing the state and federal gas tax total to 76 cents a gallon.

Associated Press reports numbers provided by www.Pennlive.com as showing Pennsylvania already imposing the nation's highest gas tax.

In addition to the stepped-in gas increase, the law passed in 2013 also imposed a number of higher fees on motorists designed to raise billions of dollars to be used on bridges, roads and other transportation projects.