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BALTIMORE (AP) — City transportation officials say it will take tens of millions of dollars in upgrades to fix an antiquated network of traffic signals that is contributing to congestion in downtown Baltimore and other busy neighborhoods.

The Baltimore Sun reports that more than $20 million has been set aside in next year’s capital budget for system upgrades. But officials say those upgrades would resolve only a portion of the system’s deficiencies.

Fewer than a third of the city’s 1,300 electronic traffic signals are connected to its downtown transportation command center in a way that allows for immediate remote adjustments after accidents and other traffic problems.

Officials say at least $30 million is needed to overhaul signal connections and other technological features. An even larger amount would be needed for a broader overhaul.