FAIRFAX, Va. — A section of Interstate 66 in Fairfax County is being used in a research project on traffic.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell launched the project with the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech on Thursday. The 4-square-mile area is I-66 between the Capital Beltway and Nutley Street, and on U.S. 50 and U.S. 29.

The project will aid with developing applications that will lead to faster infrastructure repair and maintenance, better emergency response times and easing congestion.

The area, or test bed, has 43 wireless units and two mobile wireless units that will collect information.

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