(CNN) – President Barack Obama traveled to Columbus, Ohio, on Friday to mark the groundbreaking of what the administration is touting as the 10,000th road project to be funded by the politically controversial $862 billion economic stimulus plan.
The trip was part of the launch of the White House's "Recovery Summer," a six-week push to highlight what the administration says will be a summer and fall of job creation fueled by a new surge in federal stimulus spending.
Obama visited a project in downtown Columbus expected to create more than 300 construction jobs while contributing "to the broader economic development effort underway in the area," according to the White House.
"These projects haven't just improved communities," Obama said. "They've put thousands of construction crews ... to work."