Route 50 Bypass segment dedicated to Norm Conway

Retired state Delegate Norman Conway’s reaction to have a segment of Route 50 dedicated to him: “You’re supposed to be gone when they do these things for you.”

The Route 50 section of the Salisbury Bypass has been named for former Maryland Delegate Norman Conway, who, in his humble way, joked that such an honor is “a little scary.”

“You’re supposed to be gone when they do these things for you,” he said, laughing.

“I was very surprised and deeply humbled. I had someone call and say they were looking into doing something,” he said, remembering his years on the Salisbury City Council in the 1970s, when former Mayor Paul Martin talked about pursuing a northerly bypass.

“I said, ‘Golly day, Paul. I would have to go to Annapolis to get that,’” Conway said. At the time, having it built was only a far-reaching goal, let alone having it named for him.

The former Teacher Education and Technology Center at Salisbury University, known as TETC, was renamed Conway Hall and The Salisbury Fire Department Station 2 was dedicated to him.

“I’ve been a member there 54 years,” Conway said.

He served Salisbury and the state of Maryland from 1974 until 2015, beginning on the City Council. Conway represented District 38B in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1987 to 2015, when he lost the election to current Delegate Carl Anderton.

He was chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

A native of Salisbury, the 75-year-old Conway was an educator and former principal.

“He was very excited about having the bypass named for him. He appreciated the acknowledgement. He gave a little bit of a speech at the reception we held for him,” said Mike Pennington, executive director of the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore.

Pennington, with representatives of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, petitioned the State Highway Administration to name the roadway for Conway.

At the reception, U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen read proclamations to Conway and Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach, president of Salisbury University, presented him with a plaque.

Retired Judge Danny Long and Marty Neat, CEO of First Shore Federal, also spoke.

The Salisbury Bypass has two highways, Routes 50 and 13. Pennington said only Route 50 was designated in Conway’s honor, but he was assured the other section wouldn’t be dedicated to anyone in the future.

“They don’t dedicate multiple highways,” he said.

Two signs were erected, on the east side of the Zion Road overpass and westbound, close to Route 13, Pennington said.

 

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