1913Gasteiger plans a new road for transportations to the quarries
Hauser, who ran the Mitterwand quarry in Covelano, was not a hugely problematic competitor. Marble could only be extracted from his site during the summer months and the construction of a road to reduce transportation costs was unthinkable due to the expenses involved.
The real threat for Gasteiger was actually represented by Lechner. Gasteiger’s plan involved the construction of a new road leading to the Nesselwand. He required the municipality to add a special clause to the contract. The latter was to prevent Lechner from using the newly built route. The municipality did not only accord him the favor but also gave him the right to use the territory involved in the construction for free.
Gasteiger’s plan involved an incline plus other sections of the road that could be managed with horse pulled carts, connecting the Nesselwand with Lasa’s train station for an overall point-to-point distance of 3,5 km. We now know that without Gasteiger there would be no "Marmorbetrieb Lasa” and no incline. The Lasa Marble Railway, built a few years later thanks to his efforts and to his incline, would also probably not exist. Without Gasteiger there would also have been no investors from New York, Berlin, Milan and Munich.