Starting Tuesday of next week at 7 p.m. drivers on eastbound Interstate 20 should expect delays as traffic is shifted to the two inner lanes beginning four miles from the Alabama/Georgia border, according to Alabama Department of Transportation officials.

Traffic on the 4-mile section of Interstate 20 from the state line heading west was rerouted to the two newly repaved inner lanes Wednesday so that the third outer lane can be ground down and repaved, said Mike Corley, area operations engineer and Calvin Cook, construction engineer.

The traffic shift could take several hours, Cook said.

The outside lanes will be closed for six to eight months as they are ground down and repaved, they said.

Additionally, starting with the traffic shift and for the next three weeks, the Alabama Welcome Center in Cleburne County will also be closed, Cook said. During that time the parking lot will be repaved and the curb will be redone to make it even with the new road. There will also be some renovations of the facility, Corley said.

“The Welcome Center will be open a week prior to the Talladega race,” Corley added.

Once the work on the outside lane is complete, all three lanes will reopen, Corley said.

Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872 in Heflin, 256-235-3545 in Anniston. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.