Actually in this case yes it was political.
n 2011 the city of Chesapeake wanted to raise to tolls across the board and institute the in season rate to $6 each way for 2 axles.
A question was raised by councilwoman Ella Ward on how the increase would impact the citizens of Chesapeake. The vote was put off for 2 months and when it was introduced again the city manager at the time James Baker and his assistant presented a powerpoint presentation that detailed how 93% of the travellers for the Expressway were non residents and it would not affect the voting population of chesapeake. It was also suggested that the city remind people they could bypass the toll completely by using great bridge and right after that the 2nd turn lane was added northbound on Rt 168 to accommodate the increased traffic.
Since then the toll was increased again in 2016 to the $8 it is now for a 2 axle vehicle.
Sounds like a local issue, not a political issue. No where does it mention red, blue, dems or gop. Local representatives trying to do what's right for the people they serve. That's the way it's supposed to work and has nothing to do with a specific political party.