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I-90 reopens at Noon

ROCHESTER (FOX 47)-- Interstate 90 between Albert Lea and the South Dakota border will reopen at Noon Friday, according to Mn/DOT.

Around 3:45p.m. Thursday afternoon the highway was closed because blowing snow and wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour were creating conditions too dangerous for drivers.

"It's just not safe to travel," Tom Wright of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Unfortunately, that makes it tough for anyone who depends on the road for business. For 15 years Eric Kilen has managed big rigs for Eagle Transportation out of Rochester.

"This is supposedly the latest Doppler radar," says Kilen.

It's probably no surprise that Kilen has spent the last few days looking at weather maps and checking on road conditions.

"Some of the food products are time sensitive," he adds.

All of the trucks Kilen manages are responsible for getting food to places like Wal-Mart and Target and when roads like I-90 close it can put a bit of a freeze on his shipments.

"If it's closed, it's obviously something that you're going to get stuck," says Trooper Wright.

A warning that Eric Kilen and his truckers are taking very seriously, even though it may mean he'll loose out on some cash for making deliveries on-time.

"Yes it's expensive and costly, but safety is our number one thing year-round," notes Kilen.

Wright says that unless you want to pay a $1,000 fine or spent up to 90 days in jail motorists shouldn't drive around gates that indicate the highway is closed.

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