‘Shovels hit the ground’ on stimulus project, Obama says

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the country already is "seeing shovels hit the ground" on the first infrastructure repair project funded through the Transportation Department’s share of the $787 billion stimulus bill. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, “The work begins today in Montgomery County, Maryland, where a work crew is starting on a project to resurface Maryland State Highway 650 — a very busy road that has not been fully repaired in 17 years.” The resurfacing contract is going to a Pennsylvania-based family-owned company, America Infrastructure, LaHood said.