Madeleine Albright was born Marie Jana Korbelová in 1937 in Prague's Smíchov district.
The new bridge, which is to span the Vltava River in Prague between Smíchov and Podolí within three years, should be called the Madeleine Albright Bridge. Prague deputy mayor Adam Scheinherr came up with the proposal. For now, the working name is Dvorecky Bridge. Former US Secretary of State and Czech native Madeleine Albright died on March 23, 2022 in Washington, D.C. at the age of 84.
Madeleine Albright was born Marie Jana Korbelová in 1937 in Prague’s Smíchov district. Her family left the country for good after the 1948 communist takeover. Albright served as U.S. Secretary of State in President Clinton’s administration between 1997–2001 and was instrumental in the Czech Republic’s accession to NATO in 1999.
The new bridge will span the Vltava River and connect the Prague 4 and Prague 5 districts. The capital has already announced a tender for the construction in the fall, the estimated cost is CZK 972 million (EUR 40 million). The Dvorecky Bridge (Madeleine Albright Bridge) is designated for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians only but will also be used by emergency vehicles if needed.