11 October, 1897 was a day of celebration for Stuben am Arlberg and the Tannberg communities, Lech and Warth. With the opening of the first section of the Flexen Road, a new connection was put into operation after only two years of construction, massively facilitating traffic from the Klostertal and Arlberg towards Tannberg. A triumphal arch at the height of the Flexen Pass symbolised the celebratory mood of that day.
Press reports of the time emphasised the tourist significance of the Flexen Road, especially because of the famous view. Some "sections" would even remind one of the famous Via Mala in Graubünden, Switzerland.