The province's decision to abandon a $147-million museum construction deal will result in taxpayers coughing up some cash.

Treasury Board Minister Lloyd Snelgrove says taxpayers will pay for design work already done by the construction company, but adds some of those designs will be included in a new $340-museum, which is slated to open to the public by 2015.

The minister has not indicated how much will have to be paid.

The contract with the Toronto-based company had been signed years earlier, when the province was looking at renovating the Royal Alberta Museum at its existing site, west of downtown Edmonton.

But plans changed after the Stelmach Administration announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility.

Provincial officials say the new site – located on the northeast corner of 103A Avenue and 99th Street - will allow space for international exhibits, and will be accessible by LRT and bus routes.

The facility will be built on land currently occupied by the post office.

With files from the Canadian Press