ROANOKE CO., Va. -

Bent Mountain is a litmus test of sorts in the winter time; if people can't get around, it means no school for everyone.

“If it's coming down fast you do not want to be on that road until the truck comes through,” Bent Mountain resident Karen Scott said.

This is the Virginia Department of Transportation's attempt to make winter less harsh up here.

“The county keeps the roads open pretty well up here but if we get a quick snow that falls down fast they don't have time to treat the roads then it takes a long time to get around and scrape them,”

VDOT and its contractors say that's the point of this facility.

“It's mainly a salt facility and a storage facility for trucks and it's mainly in case of a weather event,” Rick Sigmon of Price Buildings said.

We're told the garage and storage facility will be unmanned and then when VDOT thinks bad weather is on the way, it will be staffed in preparation.

It's bigger and more conveniently located than all the other storage facilities in Bent Mountain.

"The new one is right on 221 and it's at the top of the mountain which is better because they don't have to plow their way to 221,” Karen Scott said.

This facility is called a sub-area, VDOT has several of them throughout the district.

When it's finished this fall, it can get four trucks in here and enough salt to keep the roadways clear.

Scheduled completion is in September.

Just in time for whatever Mother Nature throws at Bent Mountain again this winter.